Couples across the south stand up for marriage with the Campaign for Southern Equality

For the past week, the Campaign for Southern Equality has been touring across the South with its "We Do" campaign, where same-sex couples request marriage licenses and provoke denials in order to illustrate the discriminatory marriage laws in these states. Check out stories and video from the campaign!

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joins Mayors for the Freedom to Marry coalition

Today, Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, signed onto our Mayors for the Freedom to Marry coalition, which amplifies the voices of mayors across the country who support ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The mayor's announcement today comes less than a week after the Atlanta City Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution in favor of the freedom to marry.

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Georgia Couples Tell Their Stories of Love, Commitment, and Marriage

Our friends at Georgia Equality have put together an incredible video series telling the stories of real families in Atlanta who have been harmed by marriage discrimination. Many of the folks featured in these videos are well known members of the community who have devoted their lives to making Atlanta a better place. Despite their devotion to the community, their loving and committed relationships have no legal recognitions. Take a minute and watch these inspiring couples tell their stories:

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Upcoming Summer for Marriage Events: GA, FL, NC, WV, PA, and DC

Freedom to Marry's Summer for Marriage Tour wraps up next week with events in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. The tour, which was originally organized in response to the National Organization for Marriage's anti-gay “One Man, One Woman” bus tour, has highlighted widespread support for the freedom to marry with supporters of equality outnumbering NOM’s supporters on all 16 stops thus far

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When the bride takes a bride, businesses respond

Kevin Sack profiles a lesbian couple who started Equally Wed, a publication that provides lesbian and gay couples with inclusive resources to plan their weddings.

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Voice for Equality: Cynthia Tucker

Cynthia Tucker is an American syndicated columnist. She was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007 "for her courageous, clear-headed columns that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community". She was a Pulitzer-nominated finalist in 2004 and 2006.

On June 20, 2010, in reaction to David Blankenhorn's testimony at the Prop 8 trial in California, Ms. Tucker wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "There are no good arguments for denying gays and lesbians the right to a civil (non-religious) marriage. But of all the arguments that opponents make, perhaps the most ridiculous is this: If gays are allowed to marry, heterosexual marriage will be weakened."

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Voice for Equality: John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) has been at the forefront of progressive social movements for nearly a half a century.

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Video: Voice for Equality Rep. John Lewis Delivers Eloquent Pro-Marriage Speech

Pam's House Blend
September 20, 2009
Pam Spaulding: Rep. Lewis, the civil rights legend who shed blood for equality, delivers a message that the LGBT community should never stand down, should keep forging ahead, should cast aside fears, and should not listen to calls to 'wait.' He states with conviction that marriage equality is a human right. [Link]

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Atlanta helps fight anti-gay measures out west

Southern Voice Atlanta
August 15, 2008
With discrimination against gay and lesbian couples already written into Georgia's constitution, gay and lesbian Atlantans are channeling money and manpower into Arizona and California for what some consider the most important moment ever for the gay rights movement. [Link]

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BLOG: An update on Emma

Pam's House Blend
May 21, 2007
In a happy conclusion to the story about the GA family we posted yesterday, Emma is back home. Pam's House Blend comments, "I feel like the 'system' let a judge, a supposedly levelheaded steward of the law, enforce homophobia and tear a family apart. My heart goes out to Emma and Elizabeth. I hope that the hurt inflicted heals quickly. I wish good things for their reunited family." [Link]

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