GOP lawmaker blocks resolution for gay band

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They played Lady Gaga for Obama's inauguration, but that's not good enough for state Rep. Matt Ramsey, who on Thursday blocked a milquetoast resolution honoring the gay Atlanta Freedom Bands for its 20th anniversary. The move from the Peachtree City Republican -- not to be confused with this Matt Ramsey made popular in the 1980s for his bareback gay porn and sticking it to delivery boys (links NSFW) -- came on the same day that a conservative House subcommittee heard poignant testimony from state Rep. Karla Drenner and gay activists supporting an LGBT employment bill. Drenner proposed the resolution honoring the gay band and on Thursday, Ramsey (photo) surprised the lesbian lawmaker by blocking it and delaying a vote until Friday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I’m not surprised,” Drenner, who is gay, said. “I’m disappointed.” The House approves multiple privileged resolutions every day. They typically congratulate constituents, offer condolences for a death or commend someone for service to the state. Ramsey said members of the GOP caucus had questions about the resolution and so he asked that consideration of it wait a day.
Ramsey was coy when asked if the resolution would eventually come up for a vote. The state lawmaker earned the scorn of LGBT activists in 2011 for backing the state's newly-minted immigration laws. When it comes to resolutions honoring anything LGBT, Georgia lawmakers prefer them on the down low. In March 2012, the House rejected a resolution from Rep. Keisha Waites commending the Lambda Alliance at the University of Georgia that included "gay." But offer a resolution commending Matthew Cardinale, the gay editor of Atlanta Progressive News, and another for Mitzi Bickers, a lesbian and former Atlanta School Board chair who now works for Mayor Kasim Reed, and those measures from Waites passed. Without a legislative scuffle. Then again, there's no mention of "gay" in those. In 2011, Drenner offered a resolution praising Cathy Woolard. It passed. Why? Even though Woolard was the first lesbian elected to the Atlanta City Council and as its president, and serves as the lobbyist for Georgia Equality at the Gold Dome, it didn’t mention that she’s gay. On Saturday, Atlanta Freedom Bands presents its Celtic celebration Emerald Isles at Duid Hills United Methodist Church. UPDATE: Cliff Norris, president of Atlanta Freedom Bands, tells us that Ramsey dropped his opposition to the resolution on Friday and the measure passed the House with unanimous consent. Photo via

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