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November 25, 2013

City Councilmember Alex Wan; City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms; Georgia Equality Jeff Graham; HRC President Chad Griffin; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; Mayor of Atlanta's LGBT Liaison Robin Shahar.I am proud to be mayor of the first deep Southern city to achieve a perfect score on the Municipal Equality Index, an evaluation of municipalities on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.

Atlanta’s history of civil rights leadership is rooted in the belief that our diversity makes our city stronger. Our commitment to equality includes outlawing discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, Atlanta is home to one of the largest and most vibrant LGBT communities in the country.

Last week, I was honored to join Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Atlanta Councilmember Alex Wan, Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta’s LGBT Liaison Robin Shahar and Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham at Atlanta’s City Hall for a press conference to celebrate the launch of the 2013 Municipal Equality Index. 

I look forward to continuing my efforts to achieve equal protection and equal treatment of Atlanta’s LGBT residents, workers, and visitors.

Mayor Kasim Reed’s Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act

June 26, 2013

“The Supreme Court ruling to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act was a courageous decision and is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families. It is my hope that today’s decision puts our nation on an inevitable path toward the day when all citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation, can enjoy equal protection under the law and marry the ones they love. ”