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Gainesville, Ga., billboard demeans same-sex marriage

Anti-gay billboard

A billboard featuring an anti-gay message went up last month just off Georgia 53 and the Atlanta Highway between Flowery Branch and Gainesville, Ga.

GA Voice reader Emily Perkins-Henderson spotted the billboard late last month and sent us several photos of the anti-gay advertisement.

The billboard reads: “The Bible speaks for itself on marriage. God made them male and female – Mark 10:6.”

The billboard goes onto say that it was “sponsored by joyous and generous people.”

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Bishop Eddie Long denies in court documents sexual contact with four young men

Bishop Eddie Long denied accusations he sexually coerced young men who are former members of his mega-church New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in court documents filed late today.

Long filed four responses in DeKalb County State Court to the four lawsuits filed against him by the four men who allege he used his authority as their spiritual leader into having sexual relationships with him.Long is also asking the lawsuits to be dismissed.

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Eagle attorneys: City ignores destroyed, missing evidence in lawsuit over gay bar raid

Atlanta Eagle staff and patrons rally one the one-year anniversary of the APD raid

A week after the city of Atlanta filed a legal brief defending its handling of documents related to the controversial September 2009 police raid on the Atlanta Eagle, attorneys for plaintiffs in the gay bar the night of the incident fired back, claiming the city makes "no specific or meaningful attempt to explain or rebut the most serious allegations."

Patrons and staff of the Atlanta Eagle are suing the city in federal court after the botched raid, and have recently asserted that the city is not providing the information they have requested in the lawsuit's discovery phase. The Atlanta Police Department's Red Dog unit has been accused of illegally detaining the staff and patrons, searching them without warrants and using anti-gay slurs during the raid. The plaintiffs are represented by attorney Dan Grossman and attorneys with Lambda Legal and the Southern Center for Human Rights.