Five gay couples lined up and asked for marriage licenses in Decatur, Ga., Jan. 7, and all were denied, as expected, because Georgia prohibits same-sex marriages.
The couples were participating in the "We Do" action, one of many organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, which seeks to bring Southern states into the national conversation about marriage equality.
The two Georgia counties with the most same-sex households won't surprise LGBT residents: Fulton County ranks first in terms of total couples, while DeKalb is first based on the highest concentration of couples. But three counties in the North Georgia mountains also rank high for the number of gay households per 1,000.
Hope springs eternal for the Democratic Party of Georgia as it tries to dislodge two long-time Republicans from seats they’ve held on the northwestern side of DeKalb County.
Democrats have invested in campaigns against Reps. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) and Jill Chambers (R-Atlanta) in hopes of chipping away at the Republican majority in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Chambers seeks to retain District 81 against newcomer Elena Parent. Chambers has faced Democratic challengers in the past several elections and has beaten them all handily. District 81 has been trending Democratic for a number of years, however, said Don Weigel of the House Democratic Caucus, which has thrown its support behind Parent.
Two Democrats are fighting for the chance to challenge incumbent Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) for House District 80, located in the northeast Atlanta suburbs.
Jacobs was first elected in 2004 as a Democrat and then switched parties after the 2006 election. This will be the first year he has faced a Democrat since becoming a Republican.
Business owners Sandy Murray and Keith Gross, who is gay, are vying for the Democratic nomination in the July 20 primary for the DeKalb district that runs from Interstate 285 near Ashford Dunwoody Road to the intersection of Lavista and Clairmont Road.