Voice for Equality: Cherry Spencer-Stark

Cherry Spencer-Stark is a long-time political activist. Currently president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, Cherry has also served as founding co-chair of Georgia Equality (the political and advocacy voice of Georgia's LGBT citizens and their allies), treasurer of the Georgia Nurses Association, board member at AIDS Treatment Initiatives, one of the first women members of the Marietta Rotary Club, and as a Steering Committee member for Freedom to Marry.

Cherry received the 1996 Human Rights Campaign Community Leadership Award and was a 2002 recipient of the Atlanta Pride Community Builders Award. She is married to James E. Stark, Ph.D, a forensic psychologist and expert in gay/lesbian parenting. Since the passage of the 1993 anti-gay resolution in her home county of Cobb, Cherry has been a continual thorn in the side of Georgia's radical right-wing groups and politicians. Her proudest moment was taking on then-Congressman Bob Barr about the 1996 federal anti-marriage law he sponsored (the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act") and leaving him sputtering.

Freedom to Marry salutes Cherry Spencer-Stark for her work on our Steering Committee and as a Voice for Equality!

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