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PAWS hosts pet adoption drive

On Sunday, July 24, PAWS Atlanta will host a pet adoption fair from noon to 4 p.m. at their Decatur facility. PAWS Atlanta, one of the few “no kill” animal shelters in the metro area, will have puppies, kittens, dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes to adopt that need a good home.

Each animal will be spayed or neutered and will be up-to-date on all vaccinations. Adopters will also receive a goody bag with treats, food, toys and other essential pet supplies.

For more information, please visit www.pawsatlanta.org.

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More Americans say marriage is obsolete

Even as the fight for marriage equality continues on the state and federal fronts, some four out of 10 Americans recently surveyed by the Pew Research Center said that the tradition is becoming obsolete.

Pew found that 39 percent of respondents said that marriage was becoming or is already obsolete. Time Magazine asked a similar question in 1978 and only 28 percent held the same view.

Pew's report highlights a declining trend in marriages since 1960. According to Pew, in 2008 only 53 percent of “adults” were married. In 1960, that number was 72 percent.

The report also found that only 43 percent of those surveyed said more gay couples raising children was good for society.

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Anti-gay states may be hazardous to your health

Dr. Abbie Goldberg says anti-gay laws affect health of LGBT persons

Same-sex couples with adopted children living in states with anti-gay adoption laws and attitudes had more mental health issues in their first year of parenthood than couples with adopted children living in more accepting states, a new study has found.

In addition, same-sex couples with adopted children who perceived higher support from their family and workplace and lived in more gay-friendly neighborhoods reported better mental health than those who did not.

While the results may seem like common sense, this is the first study to examine changes in depression and anxiety across the first year of adoptive parenthood in same-sex couples. It is also the first study to examine mental health among new gay male parents, either adoptive or biological.

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Ga. legislature silent on LGBT issues in new session

State Senator Vincent Fort promises to push for LGBT-friendly bills in the General Assembly

Despite concerns that new Gov. Nathan Deal might support legislation that would negatively affect LGBT Georgians, no specifically gay bills — positive or negative — have been filed since the legislature convened Jan. 10.

“There has been a lot of controversy in the Senate as usual, and the immigration stuff has started off with a bang,” said state Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates), who is the senior openly gay state legislator. “I don’t know how many bills they’re up to now, 15 maybe. Then of course the budget hearings, and so the shortfalls are coming to light, and the tax bills.”

Deal has released his budget, which does not include any cuts to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which helps low income HIV-positive individuals and those with no insurance afford their medications.