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‘Moral objection policy’ cited by printer for not doing business with Atlanta gay-owned company

A local company is refusing to print materials for Atlanta’s gay-owned Carma Productions citing its “Moral Objection Policy” that includes a rule to reject “homosexual materials.”

Thomas Ryan, CFO and publisher of Carma Productions, which produces among other items the Gay Community Yellow Pages, sent an email to Fatina Malik of Media Graphix based in Norcross on Oct. 31 expressing his “shock” that the company declined to estimate a cost for printing between 2,500-5,000 copies of a media kit for the Gay Community Yellow Pages. According to Ryan, Media Graphix printed a similar project for Carma Productions in 2010.

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Mayor Reed: ‘Occupy’ arrests made for public safety

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at LGBT town hall meeting

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was forced to answer public questions over his handling of the recent Occupy Atlanta arrests at a town hall-style meeting at Saint Mark United Methodist Church last night.

Reed was on hand to discuss the 2009 raid on the Atlanta Eagle, a gay bar, alongside the Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT Advisory Board and APD head Chief George Turner. But several of the open floor questions centered on the mayor’s decision to revoke an executive order allowing Occupy Atlanta protesters to remain in the city’s Woodruff Park beyond an 11 p.m. deadline and the subsequent arrests of the protesters who refused to comply in the early morning hours of Oct. 26.

Some 53 protesters were arrested, according to the city.

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Shorter University employee speaks out on new policy on homosexuality

Shorter University’s new “personal lifestyle statement” has left employees afraid of witch hunts, according to one gay man who works at the Southern Baptist college in Rome, Ga.

“We now will live in fear that someone who doesn’t like us personally or someone who has had a bad day will report that we’ve been drinking or that we are suspected of being gay,” said the employee, who declined to reveal his name due to the policy.

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