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Atlanta Mayor Reed: Support the Freedom to Marry-LGBT PEOPLE ARE NOT SECOND CLASS CITIZENS!
  • Petitioned Kasim Reed

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Mayor of Atlanta
Kasim Reed

Atlanta Mayor Reed: Support the Freedom to Marry-LGBT PEOPLE ARE NOT SECOND CLASS CITIZENS!

    1. Charlie Stadtlander
    2. Petition by

      Charlie Stadtlander

      Atlanta, GA

December 2012


From Petition Creator Charles Stadtlander: Atlanta's Mayor Reed announced his support for marriage equality today!! A full-court press and lobbying effort, including working with a Mayor and staff who kept an open-mind, got us to victory. In signing a resolution today passed by the Atlanta City Council endorsing LGBT marriage equality, Mayor Reed pledged his full and unwavering support. He is now on the right side of history! A huge thanks to everyone who signed the petition, joined the Facebook page, called, wrote, and shared your personal stories. To quote Mayor Reed: "They were persuasive and they changed my mind."

715 is the small number of votes by which Mayor Reed won his election in 2009-many of which were LGBT voters!   We need 715 LGBT Atlantan's who are ready to stand up and say-"I vote based on equality!."  Mayor Reed...are you listening???

The Mayor issued the following statement as to why he doesn't support marriage equality, in spite of President Obama's announcement:

“I respect President Obama’s decision to stand in support of marriage equality. I have fought hard for the rights of gays and lesbians my entire political career from protecting adoption rights for gay and lesbian families, to voting against Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage as a state senator, to serving as the state house sponsor for the only hate crimes bill ever passed in the state of Georgia. While I am still wrestling with my own personal beliefs on the issue of marriage, I deeply appreciate the contributions gays and lesbians make to our city every single day and I remain committed to Atlanta’s vibrant and diverse LGBT community.”

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP (nearly 4,000 members strong!!!!) TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE EFFORT TO CONVINCE MAYOR REED TO ENDORSE LGBT MARRIAGE EQUALITY.  To Join, You May Click Here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/174664575992714/

Atlanta is the birthplace of civil rights.  Mayor Reed must change his position and support marriage equality.  LGBT familes are NOT second-class.

We ARE listening, Mr. Mayor, and we ARE voters.  It's time to bring Atlanta forward on marriage equality and the time is NOW!  

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. 200 Signatures AWAY and FACEBOOK page!!!

      Charlie Stadtlander
      Petition Organizer

      We are only 200 signatures away from our 715 goal! Since the Mayor has agreed to meet with a group of us next week to discuss marriage equality, it is really important that we reach our goal before then!!! Please take a moment to sign the petition and forward out to your friends. Also, be sure to post on Facebook or any other blog you may have!!

      We are so close to convincing the Mayor to evolve on marriage equality and support equal right for LGBT families. Your support in signing this petition is crucial! And, we don't have to stop at 715, when we hit that goal, let's keep going!!!

      Take a moment to join our Facebook group with over 4,200 members created to convince Mayor Equality to evolve and support marriage equality by clicking the link below.

      Thanks for all you do for equality.

      Charlie Stadtlander

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Hamilton Mckinley PFLUGERVILLE, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      My best friend Cole is bisexual, and people make fun of him at school for it.

    • Jonathan Tupper CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Gays are human beings and still American citizens. They too have the right to marry whom they love.

    • Gabriel Ramirez SAN JUAN, PR
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a married gay man (together for 9 years), as a teen multiple suicide attempt survivor, after attending 3 x-gay ministries & after thousands of dollars of reparative therapy, I feel passionately about how young LGBT people encounter bullying & violence in their home countries, work places & families. I believe anti-LGBT policies are discriminatory & cause great harm in the hearts of young people & send the wrong message that bullying & rejecting LGBT people is OK, robbing them of dignity, respect & as an equal.

    • Robert Duvall LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Marriage is about love between two people.

    • Cindy Brown PINE LAKE, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm an Atlanta native who's sees Atlanta as a birthplace of civil rights. We need to move to the forefront of this latest battle for civil rights.


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