Mayor Kasim Reed, Congressman John Lewis, and local LGBT make the case for same-sex marriage in Georgia.
This is good news and I’m really excited to hear it. I hope that the momentum of this can extend into other rights, especially non-discrimination/protection and rights that concern youth, especially homeless or low income youth who are especially at risk. Atlanta has a couple programs to help these youth but the state of any queer youth group in Atlanta is fairly precarious. Funding is a major issue for all of them.
Yet another reason to love John Lewis. Most of the elected officials in my state, at all levels, are pretty terrible, but it always makes me feel better to know that at least I’m in John Lewis’s district.
If you don’t know who he is, look him up. He’s one of the “Big Six” of the civil rights movement and was the third chairman of the SNCC. He has been an elected official working for rights and support and awesome things for longer than I’ve been alive. He’s been in his position as the House representative for Georgia’s 5th district (most of Atlanta and some of the surrounding area) for longer than I’ve been alive and before that served on Atlanta’s City Council for half a decade.
This article is mostly about Kasim Reed, the current mayor, as he’s more politically interesting, but it’s about John Lewis for me. Any time I see him in articles it gives me hope because he’s always doing the right thing and he often goes above and beyond the expectations of someone in his position, fighting for rights that most folks wouldn’t want to rock the boat over. The Atlanta Journal Constitution described him once as the “conscience of Congress”.