The heat is on Mayor Kasim Reed from LGBT activists who don’t want to wait much longer for him to evolve into supporting same-sex marriage, the one issue where Reed’s full-throated support of gay equality falls short.
Reed probably isn’t feeling some of it, though. He’s in Paris this week, safely tucked away in a country that – like Georgia – does not allow same-sex marriages. We’re hoping President Obama pulls Reed aside when he’s in Atlanta next month and explains how he evolved on gay nuptials. That announcement last week helped ratchet up the lobbying efforts on Reed.
Gay teacher Charlie Stadtlander last week launched Mayor Reed, It’s Time to “Evolve” on Marriage Equality to help lobby Reed. The Facebook group now has more than 4,400 members. An online petition, Mayor Reed: It’s Time to Endorse Marriage Equality!, has collected 121 out of the 715 signatures it’s seeking. Reed narrowly won a runoff against Mary Norwood in 2009. Stadtlander backed Norwood, who supports same-sex marriage.
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???
Reed, for his part, says he’s still “wrestling with my own personal beliefs.”
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