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Georgia is the 4th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on January 2, 1788. The state capital is Atlanta, which is also its largest city.

LGBT Rights in Georgia: Constitutional Amendment 1, enacted in 2004, prohibits state-level legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Georgia law does not protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Georgia AG wants same-sex marriage challenge dismissed

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Sam Olens
ATLANTA — Georgia’s attorney general is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Attorney General Sam Olens said in a filing on Monday that the suit takes away Georgia residents’ right to define marriage. Lambda Legal filed the suit in April on behalf of seven people...

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Gay teacher fired over plans to marry partner sues Catholic school for gender discrimination

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
Flint Dollar
MACON, Ga. — The former band director and music instructor at a Macon, Ga., Catholic school has filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming gender discrimination after he was fired over his plans to marry another man. Flint Dollar says he was fired from Mount de Sales Academy in May, where he has taught since 2010, after announcing on Facebook...

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Atlanta man wanted in alleged anti-gay attack on cyclist turns himself in

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Michael Sanders, seen here in images captured from the victims cell phone.
ATLANTA -- An Atlanta man wanted in an alleged anti-gay attack on a cyclist turned himself in on Wednesday. Michael Sanders was charged with battery in the May 23 attack on 24-year-old Quinn Chrzan.

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Two men arrested in attack on transgender women on Atlanta train

| Monday, June 2, 2014
Luther L. Thomas (left) and Frederick L. Missick
ATLANTA -- Two men have been arrested in the May 20 attack on two two transgender women riding an Atlanta mass transit train. MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) police arrested Frederick L. Missick and Luther L. Thomas; both men are charged with disorderly conduct in the brawl was caught on camera and posted online.

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Gay band director fired by Catholic school for planning to marry partner

| Sunday, May 25, 2014
Flint Dollar
MACON, Ga. -- An openly gay band director at a Macon, Ga., Catholic school has been fired after announcing plans to marry his partner later this year, and students and parents are protesting the firing to the school's board of trustees.

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U.S. House hopeful says gays secretly plotting ‘to recruit and sodomize children’

| Sunday, May 25, 2014
Jody Hice
One of two Georgia Republicans who will face off in a run-off election in July for the GOP nomination in the 10th Congressional District is minister and talk-radio host Jody Hice, who believes that gay people have “a secret plot to recruit and sodomize children.'

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Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s gay marriage ban

| Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Lambda Legal announced Tuesday it has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of a widow and three same-sex couples.

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Lambda Legal: Announcement ‘very soon’ on a Ga. marriage lawsuit

Via: The GA Voice → | Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Almost every week, a new one appears. Marriage equality lawsuits have been filed now in all but five states in the nation -- the final five that remain out of the game are North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Alaska and, finally... Georgia, the most populous state of the remaining five.

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Religious freedom bills: The latest effort to counter advances in marriage equality

| Friday, February 28, 2014
Alex Brandon, AP
WASHINGTON – Religious freedom bills in more than a dozen state legislatures this year mark the latest effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to counter the growing public acceptance of marriage equality, and the momentum of federal court rulings striking down state gay marriage bans.

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Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

| Monday, February 24, 2014
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NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South.

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