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UPDATED: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed still ‘wrestling’ over support of gay marriage


A Facebook group is urging Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to "evolve" and come out in support of gay marriage as President Barack Obama did Wednesday.

But in a statement, Reed said he is still "wrestling" with his support of full marriage equality. His full statement:

I respect President Obama’s decision to stand in support of marriage equality. I have fought hard for the rights of gays and lesbians my entire political career from protecting adoption rights for gay and lesbian families, to voting against Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage as a state senator, to serving as the state house sponsor for the only hate crimes bill ever passed in the state of Georgia.

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Out in office: Meet Ga.’s only openly gay mayor

Kathie deNobriga

You can safely say that Pine Lake’s 2012 Inaugural Ball was unlike any other held this year for elected officials in Georgia.

The new mayor held a pink wand as she made her first speech, and danced with the town’s First Woman.

Kathie deNobriga, 61, is a longtime advocate for the arts; she now works as a consultant and is a certified mediator. She moved to Pine Lake to be with her life partner, poet Alice Teeter, and was first elected to the City Council in the tiny Atlanta suburb in 2002.

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Atlanta mayor ready to end ‘argument’ over Eagle raid

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Atlanta Mayor Kasim wants to hold a videotaped conference with attorneys representing patrons in the Atlanta Eagle the night of the 2009 gay bar raid "so we can stop having this argument" over whether the Atlanta Police Department has implemented changes required in the settlement of the federal lawsuit.

Reed made the pledge at a packed LGBT town hall forum Tuesday night organized to discuss the Eagle raid and other public safety issues. Tuesday's town hall forum was hosted by the Atlanta LGBT Police Advisory Board and included Reed and Chief George Turner fielding questions from the crowd of some 150 people.

While expected to center around Eagle raid and the fallout, the forum at St. Mark United Methodist Church hit on numerous topics including Occupy Atlanta, LGBT training of police officers, Reed's stance on gay marriage as well as LGBT homeless youth.

Eagle attorney Dan Grossman asked the mayor directly at last night's forum to meet with him to discuss constructive ways to end the ongoing fallout of the raid that continues to weigh heavy on many of patrons in the bar that night, as well as many Atlanta LGBT residents.

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Valdosta mayor proclaims Sept. 17 as ‘South Georgia Pride Day’

With South Georgia Pride around the corner, the organizers of the event have a nice welcome from the top city elected official — a proclamation naming Sept. 17 as "South Georgia Pride Day."

Valdosta Mayor John J. Fretti issued the proclamation to the South Georgia Pride Committee and for all attendees of the fest to recognize the contributions "gay and transgender citizens contribute to the fabric of our community." View the full proclamation below.

Richard Willis, an organizer for the Pride celebration on Sept. 17 in Valdosta, said he and the South Georgia Pride Committee are excited to be recognized in this way for the first time.

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APD’s Chief Turner responds to residents’ concerns over Zone 5 patrol plan

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner

In light of the Atlanta Police Department's recent announcement that its Zone 5 commander, Major Khirus E. Williams, was stepping down from his post, APD Chief George Turner issued a statement today reassuring Midtown residents that the police department considers the district's security vital to the city's well-being.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Major Williams claims to have been “forced into retirement” after leaking an internal proposal that would have eliminated community-oriented policing. The AJC also reports that Williams was a 26-year veteran of the force and was considered as a possible replacement for Chief Richard Pennington after his retirement in 2010.

Today, Chief Turner responded to accusations today that the department was removing its foot soldiers in Midtown, leaving only officers in patrol cars to respond to 911 calls.