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Garner becomes first out Fulton commissioner

Lesbian Joan Garner celebrates election night victory

After winning the Aug. 10 runoff election to become the Fulton County District 6 Commissioner, Joan Garner said the experience was still “surreal.”

“I’m a bit tired. I can’t sleep,” Garner said the day after she defeated Keisha Waites 65 to 35 percent. “I’ve got to learn to turn it off.”

Garner placed second in the Democratic primary in July, then came from behind to easily win the August runoff. Her name will now appear on the November ballot, but because no Republican or independent candidate qualified, the Democratic runoff effectively decided the seat.

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Ga. now second in nation for AIDS drug wait list

A gay Atlanta man says he finds himself in a “perfect storm” of a broken economy, a broken health care system and being HIV positive.

At 50, he is unemployed, struggling to make his mortgage payments and keep his COBRA payments current.

“I just can no longer afford my HIV meds simply because of the massive co-pays,” he said, asking to remain anonymous as he continues to search for a job. “However, since I do actually have insurance, and since I do still own my home, I don’t qualify for any sort of benefits or support.”

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By the numbers: National Organization for Marriage

2,000,000 Size of the “army” Brian Brown, National Organization for Marriage executive director, claims his group is building to defend  marriage from gay couples. 750,000 The number Brown claims his army is “a...
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Prop 8 update: No gay marriage in Calif. until at least Dec.

Georgians gather to support Prop 8 ruling

In an historic, potent, and eloquent decision, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Aug. 4 that California’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage violates the federal constitution’s guarantees to equal protection and due process of law.

But a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 16 that gay marriages cannot resume in California until after the court hears an appeal from the groups who fought to uphold Proposition 8. The appeals court scheduled an expedited hearing on the appeal for the week of Dec. 6, and ordered the sides to address the issue of who has standing to appeal the ballot measure that barred gay couples from marrying in California.

While the delay dashed hopes that same-sex couples would resume marrying in California as early as this month, Walker’s opinion still represents the first major victory for legal challenges against state bans on same-sex marriage in any federal court.

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Will gay-baiting continue in Ga. governor’s race?

GOP candidate for Governor Nathan Deal

Georgia politicians resorting to gay-baiting in their campaigns sometimes seems as seasonal as the Dogwood blossom, and after being in full bloom during the Republican primary for governor, anti-gay tactics may not return for this fall’s general election.

“I don’t perceive [gay issues] as being an issue in this race, moving forward,” said Brian Robinson, spokesperson for former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, who won the Aug. 10 Republican runoff after running weeks of television commercials attacking former Secretary of State Karen Handel for supporting gay rights when she ran for Fulton County Commission in 2002 and 2003.

“We were in a very hard-fought campaign [against Handel], and we just, we had to fight,” Robinson told the Georgia Voice. “We were focused on talking to Republican voters in the Republican primary, and we were focused on communicating a message that Nathan Deal is the true conservative, and he has been unwavering in his principles.”

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APD’s Office of Professional Standards commander accused of ‘misconduct’

Moses Perdue, the commander of the Office of Professional Standards with the Atlanta Police Department, has been relieved of his duties by Chief George Turner “as a result of allegations of misconduct currently being investigated by the Compliance Unit of the City of Atlanta’s Department of Law,” states a press release today from the APD.

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Breaking: No gay marriages in Calif. until at least December

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that gay marriages cannot resume in California until after the court hears an appeal from the groups who fought to uphold Proposition 8.

The appeals court scheduled a hearing on the appeal for the week of Dec. 6, and ordered the sides to address the issue of who has standing to appeal the ballot measure that barred gay couples from marrying in California.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down Prop 8 in a landmark ruling Aug. 4, holding that the ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection.

On Thursday, Walker declined to permanently stay his ruling during the appeals process, but held that gay marriages could not resume in California before Aug. 18, giving the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals time to rule on a possible stay.

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Citizens Review Board: Police used abusive language in botched Atlanta Eagle bar raid

The Atlanta Citizens Review Board on Thursday sustained allegations of abusive, anti-gay and racist language used by Atlanta Police Department officers during the botched raid of the Atlanta Eagle last year. But the board chose not to make recommendations for disciplinary action until more investigations into complaints by employees and patrons were completed.

The Eagle is a gay bar located on Ponce de Leon Avenue. It was raided in September 2009.

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Judge: Calif. gay marriages resume Aug. 18 unless appeals court acts

There were cheers outside San Francisco City Hall at 12:24 Pacific time Thursday afternoon as news emerged that U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker had denied a request to delay enforcement of his ruling against Proposition 8. But those cheers were mitigated a few minutes later when details of the judge’s order were revealed: Walker continued to delay enforcement of his decision until August 18, giving the Yes on 8 supporters of the measure ample time to seek a stay from the 9th Circuit or even the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.