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[VIDEO] Ga. same-sex couples denied marriage licenses in peaceful action


Five gay couples lined up and asked for marriage licenses in Decatur, Ga., Jan. 7, and all were denied, as expected, because Georgia prohibits same-sex marriages.

The couples were participating in the “We Do” action, one of many organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, which seeks to bring Southern states into the national conversation about marriage equality.

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AJC calls out Atlanta mayor for gay marriage ‘flip-flop’


The Atlanta Journal Constitution and today released an analysis of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s recent embrace of same-sex marriages, calling the change of heart a “major reversal of position” and a political “flip-flop.”

Mayor Reed has been an advocate for LGBT causes during his time as mayor and as a state legislator, but instead of embracing the change of position, his comments on the article seem to indicate that he was in our corner the entire time. In truth, he was a friend and an advocate and supporter of civil unions, but he was not a supporter of marriage equality until quite recently.

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Jane Morrison sworn in as Fulton County State Court Judge


Jane Morrison was sworn in as Fulton County State Court Judge today, making her one of the first openly gay judges in Georgia and the Southeast.

Morrison’s partner is Joan Garner, who was elected as the first openly gay Fulton County Commissioner in 2010.

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Advocate names Atlanta 9th ‘gayest’ city in America

Atlanta Pride festival

The Advocate today released its annual list of the “Gayest Cities in America.” Atlanta, the birthplace of civil rights, was ranked 9th, the same position it held a year ago in Advocate’s 2012 rankings.

Other cities featured in this year’s list include three cities from Washington state. Tacoma, Wa. was named this year’s “gayest city.” (Complete list at the bottom of this article)

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Emory issues statement on Chick-fil-A; won’t remove campus franchise over anti-gay positions

Facing complaints from students and alumni, Emory University administrators finally issued a new statement about Chick-fil-A’s presence on the Atlanta campus late last month, but declined to ask for removal of the restaurant over its leaders’ anti-gay stands.

Ajay Nair, Emory’s senior vice president for campus life, issued the statement Dec. 17. The last official statement from Nair about Chick-fil-A came Aug. 1. In the meantime, Emory’s LGBT students and alumni have written letters decrying the chain’s presence on campus, and LGBT rights supporters have protested the campus restaurant, located in the Cox Hall food court.

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