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U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) supports gay marriage

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U.S. Rep. David Scott, a Democrat, is now the third member of Congress from Georgia to speak out in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples. Scott joins Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson, also Democrats from the Atlanta area.

"Congressman Scott fully supports marriage equality," stated an email from Scott's spokesperson received by gay blog Joe.My.God. yesterday.

 The blog reached out to Scott's office after a reader said that he and his partner met with Scott and he told them he supported marriage equality.

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Only two Ga. congressmen sign brief urging Supreme Court to overturn DOMA

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You won't find many Georgia names among the 172 members of the U.S. House and 40 U.S. senators who signed a brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

The amicus brief was submitted March 1, signed by 212 senators and representatives — some 40 percent of the 535 voting Congress members, according to the LGBT blog New Civil Rights Movement.

The brief argues Section 3 of DOMA, which bars federal marriage rights to same-sex couples, "lacks a rational connection to any legitimate federal purpose, and is therefore unconstitutional."

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Gay-friendly Ga. congressman to lead progressive charge in U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Atlanta) has been elected the Progressive Caucus Whip for the 112th Congress, according to a press release issued by Johnson’s office.

Rep. Hank Johnson takes leadership role in Progressive Caucus
Rep. Hank Johnson (official photo)

“I’m ready for the battles ahead,” said Johnson. “We won’t shy away from a fight and I’m honored to help lead the progressive charge.”

Johnson won reelection against Republican Liz Carter in November.  Carter was endorsed by the gay Log Cabin Republicans.

Johnson received a 95 on the last Human Rights Campaign scorecard, which tracks politicians' votes on LGBT issues. He has been a vocal supporter of LGBT issues during his time in Congress.