article placeholder

Cobb anti-gay resolution resurfaces in commission race

Cobb County Commission

The runoff race for chairman of the Cobb County Commission took an interesting turn this week when incumbent Tim Lee blamed challenger Bill Byrne for the anti-gay resolution that led organizers of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics to pull planned volleyball events out of Cobb.

The 1993 resolution declared the “life style advocated by the gay community” was “incompatible with the standards to which this community subscribes.”

The resolution caused an uproar among Atlanta's gay and lesbian community and later spawned the “Olympics Out of Cobb” campaign, a successful attempt to force Olympic organizers to pull events from the county.