Mayor Kasim Reed, who presides over the ninth gayest city in America, could cinch a second term right now by not only announcing that he finally backs same-sex unions but that he’s getting gay married. To George Lopez. Or Jay-Z. It doesn’t really matter to whom.
Hizzoner set political tongues a wagging on Sunday when he allowed “yes, I think so” to an interviewer’s question on whether he’d be married before the end of his term, which arrives in January 2014. Reed, and later a spokesperson, declined to elaborate on just who Reed may be getting hitched to.
Reed’s a noted bachelor who attends most LGBT events without a partner on his arm, other than spokesperson Reese McCranie. But he’s already gay married. Of course that leads to buzz that Reed’s really gay, but keeping that in check for his climb to higher elected office. If that’s the case, who would get the ring?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran through the mayor’s social calendar and hinted at a few suggestions. Reed’s been spotted courtside at the Hawks with comedian George Lopez and dining with rapper Jay-Z. The artist is off the list of potential mates, presumably busy with his newborn and Beyonce. Lopez, though, is recently single.
There’s that budding bromance with Alex Wan (photo), the lone gay on the Atlanta City Council. Note to Reed: He’s hitched.
There’s state Rep. Rashad Taylor, who had an emotional coming out last spring. Taylor played a big role in getting Reed elected. But, like Wan, he’s got his own man.
How about Mary Edith Pitts? Reed seemed quite taken with the double-D-cup doyenne of do-gooding during the Fenuxe 50 Ice Party in November. Maybe it provided the spark for something more substantial.
So while we’re left to wonder who would be Jack Twist to Reed’s Ennis Del Mar in this “Brokeback” wedding, there are a few other items to consider:
• Reed fared poorly among voters in gay-heavy, white-infused Midtown during his 2009 election bid. Man-on-man matrimony would certainly help sway gay voters there still uncomfortable with Reed; a mixed-race marriage would win over even more.
• Reed talks of making the gays a “full partner” in Atlanta. But that pledge stops short of same-sex marriage, which Reed sometimes reminds us (and CNN viewers). So his views would have to evolve on gay marriage before jetting off to New York City to do the deed, legally speaking, on the courthouse steps. After all, same-sex unions are illegal in Georgia.
• Why wait until the end of Reed’s first term? We propose an early October wedding with a reception during Atlanta Pride. There’d be nothing more symbolic than Reed and his partner perched atop a convertible leading the parade, assuming that he can make the event this year.
• He’s not getting gay married, instead looking to make an honest woman of beauty queen, gymnast and attorney Sarah-Elizabeth Langford.