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.”
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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!
- Mayor of Atlanta
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Mayor Kasim Reed.
Endorse LGBT Marriage Equality
Atlanta is the birthplace of Civil Rights and has one of the largest LGBT populations of any city in the United States. Mayor Reed has previous stated that he holds a similar position regarding marriage equality to that of the President. In the wake of President Obama's announcement in support of full marriage equality, it is time for Mayor Reed to join suit. Mayor Reed has been a long-time supporter of LGBT rights and equality, yet has stopped short of endorsing marriage equality. The Mayor has a chance to demonstrate that LGBT people in Atlanta and across the nation are not second class citizens. Our families deserve equality and Mayor Reed can send a strong symbolic message of his support for loving LGBT couples by offering his support. Mayor Reed, it's time to "Bring It Home!"
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