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Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit Over Georgia Marriage Ban

On Tuesday morning Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of seven named plaintiffs arguing that Georgia’s gay marriage ban is a “violation of the rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution caused by the State of Georgia’s exclusion of same-sex couples from the freedom to marry and the recognition of lawful marriages entered in other jurisdictions,” the lawsuit reads.

If you’ve been following similar lawsuits in other states you’ll notice that this lawsuit deals with both Georgia marriage rights and the state’s recognition of marriages performed in other states. This is important because some cases working their way through the court system do not ask for both questions to be answered. For example, federal judges in Ohio and Kentucky recently ordered those states to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. However, the cases did not go so far as to contemplate both scenarios.

This is a positive step in the fight for marriage equality in Georgia. For more information check out

Georgia Equality and the Marriage Matters Georgia campaign. You can read a copy of the complaint here.


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Church Defends Gay Scout Leader, Boy Scouts Revoke Church’s Charter

Rainier Beach United Methodist Church has a Boy Scouts troop and their leader happens to be gay. Who cares, right? Apparently the Boy Scouts care and they’ve revoked the troop’s charter because the church refused to fire the gay man. “As you are aware the policy of the Boy Scouts of America does not allow open or avowed homosexuals to serve as volunteer adult leaders,”CNN reports the Boy Scouts of America wrote to the church leadership in a letter. Despite the letter from the Boy Scouts, the pastor of the church “refused to remove McGrath from his post,” CNN reports. It wasn’t long before the church received another letter from the Boy Scouts, saying, “As a result of this refusal to comply with the policies, guidelines, rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, Rainier Beach United Methodist Church is hereby advised that it is no longer an authorized chartered organization and may no longer use the Scouting program or any of its registered marks or brands.”

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NYC Pride Names Grand Marshals, Atlanta Pride Accepting Nominations

Jonathan Groff (from HBO’s “Looking” and Disney’s “Frozen’), Laverne Cox (the incredible actress in “Orange Is The New Black”) and Rea Carey (the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) have been selected as the grand marshals for this year’s New York City Pride March. Who do you think should be the Grand Marshal for the Atlanta Pride Parade? Click here to make a nomination! The Atlanta Pride Committee will be accepting nominations until Thursday, May 15.

Bill O’Reilly Suggest Opposing Marriage Equality Could Get You Hurt

For years gay men and women have been bullied and subject to violence and harassment from anti-gay conservatives. However, now that gays are more accepted in society it is the anti-gay bullies who are whining about being bullied. “Fox News host Bill O’Reilly became the latest right-wing media personality to frame gay rights supporters as bullies, baselessly alleging that support for marriage equality has risen so quickly because activists have threatened to ‘harm’ and ‘hurt’ opponents of same-sex marriage,” Media Matters for America points out. In the clip from “The O’Reilly Factor” below, Mr. O’Reilly brings up the CEO of Mozilla who gave a donation to an anti-gay group and was pressured to step down. This was his big example of how opposing marriage equality could get you hurt. Yes, being the face of a corporation and opposing a popular social issue can have consequences. However, that is incomparable to the type of intimidation the gay community faces. Anti-gay conservatives aren’t being beat up after strangers ask their sexual orientation. Anti-gay conservatives aren’t harassed for holding hands in public. Young anti-gay conservatives aren’t committing suicide because of the mental harassment they’ve faced. Things have changed dramatically for our community, but being gay can still get you “hurt.” When you look at the danger of being anti-gay versus the danger of being gay, O’Reilly’s suggestion holds laughably little water. 

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‘Let Me Take A #HolePic’

‘Let Me Take A #HolePic’

By D. David Kinney

Two weeks ago FENUXE.com said the #SELFIE craze was slowly fading… but that was before drag sensation and viral video diva Willam Belli made “#HOLEPIC” and posted it on YouTube this past Saturday. Long live the parody!

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Aaron’s Amphitheatre At Lakewood Announces 2014 Concert Season

Aaron’s Amphitheatre At Lakewood Announces 2014 Concert Season

By D. David Kinney

Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood has announced their 2014 concert season and they’ve got some big names lined up to play. But they’re not only bringing in big names from the world of music. The amphitheatre is also bringing in Atlanta food truck superstars like Decatur’s Nectar and Nana G’s Chicken and Waffles to better the concert experience.

Saturday, April 26:                            Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Friday, May 2:                                     Arcade Fire with Kid Koala and Tune-Yards
Thursday, May 15 – Saturday 17:  Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr
Saturday, May 24:                             A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band
Friday, May 30:                                   Journey and Steve Miller Band with Tower of Power
Saturday, June 7:                              Zac Brown Band: The Great American Road Trip Tour
Sunday, June 22:                               Brad Paisley with Randy Houser, Leah Turner and Charlie Worsham
Sunday, July 13:                                 Tim McGraw with Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope
Friday, July 18:                                    KISS and Def Leppard
Thursday, July 24:                              Vans Warped Tour
Friday, July 25 – Saturday 26:          Luke Bryan with Lee Brice and Cole Swindell
Wednesday, July 30:                         Fall Out Boy and Paramore
Tuesday, August 5:                            Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
Friday, August 8:                                Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden
Saturday, August 9:                          Flashback Festival
Tuesday, August 19:                         OneRepublic
Tuesday, September 9:                    Kings of Leon with Young the Giant and Kongos
Thursday, September 11:                Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana

 

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