Ten years ago, Georgia residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. It was a dark day in the LGBT community’s history and in our state’s history. To make ma...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a good story that was posted late Tuesday night titled "As Supreme Court weighs same-sex marriage, Georgians in 2004 battle look forward."
What we learned from the story:
• Jeff Graham, now executive director of Georgia Equality, said in 2004 Georgia LGBT activists didn't take the right approach when taking their message to voters.
"We didn’t begin to change people’s minds (with) the big politics; it’s about the simple message of wanting to take care of the person you love,” he said. “Once we stopped being afraid to talk about that fact … that’s when the public attitudes about this started to change.”
Sadie Fields says she actually liked Allen Thornell, the gay activist who headed up Georgia Equality in 2004 — back when Fields and her cronies were lobbying hard to ban gay marriage, and Thornell and the rest of us were trying to stop them.