Hate Crime Bill Passed by Georgia Representatives

The Georgia State House of Representatives passed a hate crime bill on Thursday night (March 7). HB 426, which was passed out of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee last week, passed with a vote of 96 to...
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Atlanta City Council adds ‘gender identity’ to all city laws that include anti-bias policy

The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved Monday legislation to ensure “gender identity” is included in all of the sections of the city's codes dealing with its non-discrimination policy.

In 2000, the city of Atlanta approved a nondiscrimination ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, domestic relationship status, parental status, familial status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, racial profiling, age or disability.

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Ga. GOP chair in bigoted tirade: Marriage equality nothing but ‘a free ride’ 


The Marietta Daily Journal published an article on Friday examining the reaction of Cobb residents in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court marriage arguments and the viral Facebook profile picture-swap of red equality symbols that was impossible to miss.

The article, written by Jon Gillooly, profiles several pro-gay rights OTP'ers and closes with an interview with current Georgia Republican Party Chairperson Sue Everhart, who makes a few outlandish statements in defense of “traditional” marriage.

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Valdosta mayor refuses to sign South Georgia Pride proclamation


Valdosta Mayor John Gayle refused to sign a proclamation naming Sept. 15 as South Georgia Pride Day because he doesn't believe in gay marriage or the LGBT "lifestyle," according to a local activist and Pride organizer.

"He said he had strong personal convictions and beliefs and doesn't approve of my lifestyle or gay marriage," said Raynae Williams, a lesbian and assistant executive director of South Georgia Pride. Williams met with the mayor today and said the meeting lasted no more than five minutes.

Gayle did not return a call from GA Voice seeking comment but told a local TV station he could not sign the proclamation due to religious beliefs.

Valdosta is located approximately 230 milies south of Atlanta.

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Berry College students ‘positive’ about forming official LGBT campus group after admin meeting


Students with Berry College who are determined to get an official LGBT group started at the Christian liberal arts school say they are hopeful that the campus will soon get an official LGBT campus organization after faculty and administrators discussed the issue at a meeting on April 17.

An earlier version of this story stated students also met with the faculty and administrators, but that was incorrect.

According to the Change.org petition started to get the LGBT group, LISTEN, to move from unofficial status to an official campus organization, a group of students met April 17 with faculty. They said the "meeting was productive and pointed to a commitment on the part of the college to move Listen towards an official student group in a timely, though not immediate, manner."

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Ga. House panel takes no vote on LGBT job bias bill; cameras, videos banned from hearing

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In a move some legislators say they've never seen before, the media was banned from taking photos and video during a public hearing today at the Georgia General Assembly that included testimony on HB 630, the State Fair Employment Practices Act. The bill, which would ban job discrimination against state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity, was discussed for a second time by a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.

No vote was taken on the bill today. It was tabled at a hearing on Feb. 21, but Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta), who presided over today's subcommittee hearing and is a co-sponsor of the bill, said the legislation remains "alive" in his subcommittee.

"Well, I don't know what happens next at this point. We're just at a point where there's a lot of legislation pending and inability to get it all done prior to crossover day,” Jacobs said.