Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey denies gay accusation

Patricia Todd and Governor Kay Ivey

Patricia Todd and Governor Kay Ivey

Dawson aimed his criticism at Gov. Kay Ivey.

Ivey, who is up for election this year, branded the claim a "disgusting lie" - and Todd suffered a sustained backlash in the wake of the comments.

Ivey, who has been married to a man but is now divorced, has had an interesting trajectory in politics.

Todd's tweet was a reaction to an Alabama Media Group story about Birmingham evangelist Scott Dawson, one of Ivey's opponents in next month's GOP gubernatorial primary.

Ivey's spokesperson rushed out a response following Todd's Tweet: "This is a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid liberal political hack".

The Ivey campaign is vigorously denying the accusation.

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Governor Ivey sexuality in questioned by former Alabama Legislator
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Vigorously Denies She Is Gay

Ivey signed the so-called Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act, which enshrines discrimination into Alabama law by allowing some state-licensed adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency's religious beliefs.

Battle said in his Wednesday press conference that he wants to return the conversation to the state of Alabama. "So that's what I plan to do, vote for Republican nominee Roy Moore".

The Governor wrote: "This most recent personal attack against me is beyond disgraceful".

But Todd is standing by her actions.

"If people feel that way, that is extremely sad", Todd added.

Ivey replaced her former boss Robert Bentley as governor of the state past year, when he was forced to step aside over a sex scandal. "I think it's going to be damaging to our state for a long, long time". Despite some Alabamians sharing their disgust that Ivey failed to condemn Moore's sexual misconduct and rampant anti-LGBTQ views, her current approval rating is the third-highest in the country for sitting governors.

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