Later Tuesday evening, Alabama lawmaker Patricia Todd, the state's only openly gay lawmaker, D-Birmingham, posted on social media about rumors she reportedly had heard, alleging that Gov. Ivey has led a gay lifestyle.
Eva Kendrick, HRC Alabama state director, said at the time: "We are deeply disappointed that the legislature and the governor took on this unnecessary, discriminatory bill instead of focusing on how to improve the lives of all Alabamians, no matter who they are or whom they love".
A spokesman from Ivey's office responded to Todd's allegation as "a disgusting lie".
"There is absolutely no truth to it", Hancock added. The Democratic state lawmaker, who is set to step down later this year, linked on Facebook to a piece in which Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson's condemned the state funding. It's a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid left wing liberal political operative.
Alabama's 2nd female Governor, Ivey served as Alabama State Treasurer from 2003 to 2011, and later Lt. Governor until she succeeded Governor Robert Bentley following his resignation in April 2017. In a sit down interview with CBS 42, Ivey called the speculation untrue.
"The Ivey Administration has betrayed Alabama values, by giving almost $1 million dollars, taxpayer dollars to Free2Be, an activist organization that promotes transgenderism and alternative lifestyles to Alabama children", Dawson said.
"It's an identity issue", she said.
Ivey also voted for alleged pedophile Roy Moore in the Alabama State Supreme Court battle.
This most recent personal attack against me is beyond disgraceful.
"I certainly don't agree with the agenda or the values of that organization", said Ivey, according to AL.com. I don't want anyone to think I'm against standing up to bullying, but this is not about bullying.
Ivey's campaign fired back, pointing out that the Free2Be funds from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, ADECA, came from the federal government, which requires some domestic violence and victim fund spending to be earmarked for the LGBTQ community.