Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta released a statement showing full support of marriage equality. This is even better news as Atlanta has one of the highest population of LGBT. Similar to President Obama’s evolution on same sex rights earlier this year, Mayor Reed credits the people and stories told to him of LGBT couples:
Today marks an important day as I announce my support for marriage equality. It is well known that I have gone through a good bit of reflection on this issue, but listening to the stories of so many people that I know and care about has strengthened my belief that marriage is a fundamental right for everyone. Loving couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have the right to marry whomever they want. By signing this resolution, I pledge my support to marriage equality for same-sex couples, consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
I believe in tolerance and acceptance, regardless of a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. That creed has been a guiding force for me throughout my life, as reflected by my actions and votes as a lifelong Democrat and elected official in the state of Georgia for more than 14 years.
Mayor Reed plans on signing the ‘Mayors for Freedom to Marry’ pledge signed by over 200 city mayors across the country. President and founder for Freedom to Marry, Evan Wolfson, wanted to congratulate Mayor Reed on publicly furthering his stance on equality:
“Mayor Reed, like the more than 200 other Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, has his eye on the economic growth, prosperity, diversity, and opportunity that the families he serves cherish — and knows that including same-sex couples and their contributions in the community and in marriage strengthens the city and our country. As we build toward more wins in 2013, we welcome Mayor Reed’s support at this crucial time in the freedom to marry movement, and are excited to work with him to make the case for the freedom to marry both in Atlanta and across America.”
Now Mayor Reed professes that his recent evolution is not a part of a political agenda to help further his career.