Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has announced his support for marriage equality.
On Tuesday, Reed signed a resolution sponsored by Councilman Alex Wan and passed by the City Council on Dec. 3.
The resolution supports the city's lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community by endorsing marriage equality for same-sex couples.
"Today marks an important day as I announce my support for marriage equality," said Reed. "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."
His office said the announcement follows years of Reed's advocacy for equal rights for gays and lesbians.
In 2004, Reed voted against the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Georgia.
The resolution cites Atlanta's support of policies that protect equal rights for all citizens, as well as the city's numerous provisions that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by businesses, stores, hotels, restaurants and other public accommodations, and in housing sales and rentals.
"I believe in tolerance and acceptance, regardless of a person's race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity," said Reed. "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."
The city of Atlanta has one of the highest LGBT populations in the country based on U.S. Census and other data.
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