Besides Atlanta being one of the most popular cities for black gay men, Mayor Kasim Reed announced his support for marriage equality by signing a resolution yesterday. The resolution supports the city’s lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community by endorsing marriage equality for same-sex couples.
He writes in the press release:
“Today marks an important day as I announce my support for marriage equality,” said Mayor Reed.
“It is well known that I have gone through a good bit of reflection on this issue, but listening to the stories of so many people that I know and care about has strengthened my belief that marriage is a fundamental right for everyone. Loving couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have the right to marry whomever they want. By signing this resolution, I pledge my support to marriage equality for same-sex couples, consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
Mayor Reed has been very visible when it comes to being a champion for change in Atlanta. During his term in the Georgia House of Representatives, he sponsored bills that recognized hate crimes and supported LGBT civil rights. He also voted in 2004 against the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Georgia.
With more states and cities coming up with ways to announce support, Reed’s endorsement falls right in line. The U.S. Supreme Court announced last week that it would take up cases involving the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a California law that bans same-sex marriage.
It is great legislation is being passed in honor to support gay and lesbian couples. The problem is when it comes to voting and policies. Unfortunately, for Atlanta being in Georgia, a conservative state, the battle is far from over. But let’s not lose hope because we have to remain vocal and in the know. Showing the federal government (and even state) that we want these regulations passed SOON really drives our issues home.