Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

ATLANTA – At Monday’s regular meeting of the Atlanta City Council, the body voted 11-2 in favor of a resolution supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples (Legislative Reference No. 12-R-1813).

District 6 Councilmember Alex Wan, introduced the resolution during Monday’s meeting.

“The Atlanta City Council has had a long history of leadership on LGBT issues, including nondiscrimination initiatives and domestic partner benefits,” said Wan.  “I am so proud to continue that tradition with this public position supporting marriage equality, and I am grateful to my colleagues, who I respect so deeply, for demonstrating their shared commitment to equal rights for all citizens.”

While marriage law is determined by the state of Georgia and remains illegal under the state’s constitution, the resolution sends a strong message affirming the Council’s commitment to equality for all residents.

The resolution is the latest in a series of measures taken by Council to affirm the rights of Atlanta’s LGBT citizens.  City ordinances prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by Atlanta businesses (Code Section 94-112), in housing sales and rentals (94-94), and by stores, hotels, restaurants, and other public accommodations (94-68).  Additionally, the city offers employees domestic partner benefits for healthcare and pensions.  In 2004, Council passed resolution 04-R-0183, opposing the state amendment that eventually banned same-sex marriage.