More than marriage: 5 issues our community must address now

Taylor Alexander

Mary Anne Adams moved to Atlanta in 1988 and since that time she has seen Atlanta's LGBT scene change dramatically.

“One of the biggest changes that I have seen is the degree and level of outness from LGBTQ communities, both internally and externally. Despite the overt homophobia and ever-looming threats of violence, it’s been exhilarating to see young folks on MARTA and at public events showing their affection for each other and just being themselves,” she said.

A proliferation of queer campus groups and openly gay politicians serving in the state legislature are also signs of Georgia's progress, said Adams, who works in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University and as an organizer with ZAMI NOBLA (National Organization of Lesbians Aging).

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Now and forever: GA Voice wedding issue

Anneliese & Lauren: ‘A personally sacred experience’

GA Voice wedding issue

December 11, 2010, was the first day of forever for Anneliese Singh and Lauren Lukkarila.

They met for the first time at a restaurant in Atlanta. As they sat down together, Lukkarila began by saying, “I’m looking for someone who is a feminist out-of-the-box.” Singh high-fived her and exclaimed, “I’m your woman.”

“This was the first of many dinners so long we shut restaurants down, laughed ‘til our bellies hurt, cried sharing our most tender spaces, and kept falling deeper and deeper in love,” they shared on their wedding website.

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Lock lips in Atlanta to show support for gay marriage

Freedom to Marry and LUSH Kiss and Tell Campaign

The national Freedom to Marry organization and LUSH Cosmetics at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta are locking lips to show their support for same-sex marriage.

The “Kiss and Tell” event takes place Saturday at stores across North America.

In Atlanta, same-sex marriage supporters — gay and straight — are asked to gather at the store in Perimeter Mall at 11:38 a.m. and take part in a kiss-in.

The time was specifically chose to represent the number of federal benefits and protections gay couples don’t receive because their marriages are not recognized by the federal government.

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Love + Commitment = Marriage

Sign making party tonight to prepare for Saturday's rally protesting anti-gay NOM's bus tour stopping in Atlanta