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 Evangelicals fire back with Chick-fil-A ‘buy-cott’

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Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has organized a Chick-fil-A “buy-cott” for Wednesday, Aug.1 after he became “incensed at the vitriolic assaults” on the Atlanta-based fast food chain in the wake of company COO Dan Cathy’s comments on same-sex marriage.

Cathy, son of the company’s founder Truett Cathy, told the Baptist Press in a recent interview that the company was “guilty as charged” in its opposition to same-sex marriages.

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy is quoted as saying. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

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Valdosta mayor refuses to sign South Georgia Pride proclamation

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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.

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Study: HIV rates in black community as much as three times higher than whites

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An Emory study presented today at the International Conference on AIDS, currently being held in Washington, D.C., shows “greatly” elevated rates of new HIV infections among African-American gay and bisexual men.

The study focused on six cities across the U.S.:  Atlanta, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Black men who have sex with men contracted HIV at a rate of 2.3 percent per year, or nearly 50 percent higher than in white men who have sex with men in the U.S.

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