Alabama’s First Out Gay Lawmaker Patricia Todd Marries in Provincetown

Rep. Patricia Todd, Alabama's first openly gay legislator, married her longtime partner Jennifer Clarke on September 14 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, AL.com reports:

Todd“It was beautiful. It was perfect,” Todd, D-Birmingham, said of the afternoon ceremony on Cape Cod.

Clarke's 25-year-old daughter, a third-year law student, officiated the ceremony. Clarke sang a love song to Todd during her vows. The Birmingham legislator admitted that she got teary when they went to get their marriage license in Massachusetts.

“I sat there and thought, 'My God, we can get married. Everybody accepted it and it’s no big deal,’” Todd said.

The paper adds:

The couple met eight years ago when Clarke clicked on a pop-up ad for the social side of a political web site. After dating for a year, Clarke moved to Alabama after Todd was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006.

“I call her my Renaissance woman,” said Todd, noting Clarke’s two master’s degrees and singing and drawing talent.

Clarke said in Todd she saw, “a tremendous person who lived into the integrity of her convictions.”

Congrats to the happy couple!

Comments

  1. Francis #1 says

    Amazing that, along with Todd Hughes being confirmed 98-0 yesterday….it’s not even a controversy. Patricia Todd, marrying her female partner, in Alabama. It’s not controversial. Some Republicans even sent her well wishes. That alone is, quite frankly, monumental progress. Being gay in government, at least, is no longer controversial for most.

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