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Atlanta Mayor Announces Support for Marriage Equality

RingsPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced his support for marriage equality today, following a resolution the City Council unanimously passed last week supporting the rights of loving, committed same-sex couples to marry.

Mayor Reed cited the personal stories of LGBT people as central to moving him along in his journey toward supporting marriage equality – a powerful testament to the impact of sharing our stories that we’ve heard from other leaders including President Obama. Mayor Reed said today:

It is well known that I have gone through a good bit of reflection on this issue, but listening to the stories of so many people that I know and care about has strengthened my belief that marriage is a fundamental right for everyone. Loving couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have the right to marry whomever they want. By signing this resolution, I pledge my support to marriage equality for same-sex couples, consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Even prior to announcing his support for marriage, Reed advocated for the LGBT community on a number of issues. In the state General Assembly, Reed sponsored the first-ever LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill in Georgia. He also voted against the constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality in the state.

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