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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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Former Atlanta fire chief files religious discrimination complaint against city

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, third from right, observes a moment of prayer as religious groups rally on Jan. 13 to support him following his termination in Atlanta.
The former chief of Atlanta's fire department has filed a federal complaint alleging that the city discriminated against him when he was fired for publishing a book that contained offensive comments on homosexuality. [...]

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GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights ahead of Supreme Court marriage ruling

Saturday, January 24, 2015
In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, Michael O'Hara, a retired Fulton County firefighter and current Coweta County paramedic attends a rally to support former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran following his termination in Atlanta. Even as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to decide whether gay couples can marry, lawmakers in the South and West are doubling down on the culture wars, backing longshot legislation targeting gay rights.
Lawmakers in a handful of states are backing long shot legislation targeting gay rights. Most, if not all, of the efforts are led by Republicans. [...]

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Georgia asks judge halt gay marriage challenge until Supreme Court rules

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Georgia
Lawyers for the state of Georgia have asked a federal judge to stop any action on a challenge to the state's ban on gay marriage until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to rule on the issue. [...]

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Arrest made in March 2014 attack on same-sex couple in Atlanta

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Diego Ernesto Ramirez
An Atlanta man has been arrested in the violent attack on a same-sex couple last March that caused one of the victims to be thrown into oncoming traffic. [...]

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Atlanta mayor: Fire chief’s termination based on judgment, not faith

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, right, speaks as religious groups rally to support him following his termination at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Atlanta. Mayor Kasim Reed says Cochran's termination was based on his judgment and not anti-gay statements in his self-published religious book.
Religious groups are rallying to support former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, but Mayor Kasim Reed reiterated that Cochran's termination was based on his judgment and not anti-gay statements in a self-published book. [...]

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Judge refuses to dismiss challenge to Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban

Friday, January 9, 2015
Shelton Stroman, left, and Christopher Inniss at home with their son Jonathan, 9, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Snellville, Ga. The couple are lead plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
A challenge to Georgia's gay marriage ban will go forward, with a federal judge on Thursday declining to dismiss a lawsuit that says the state's ban violates their constitutional rights. [...]

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Atlanta fire chief who compared homosexuality to bestiality is terminated

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announces Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, that Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran had been terminated from his position.
Mayor Kasim Reed made the announcement at a press conference at City Hall where he reiterated the city’s nondiscrimination policy that prohibits bias based upon sexual orientation and gender identity. [...]

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Atlanta fire chief suspension ends, is new face of Georgia ‘religious freedom’ fight

Monday, January 5, 2015
Kelvin Cochran
Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran returns to his post Tuesday, Jan. 6, following a 30-day suspension without pay for going against city policy by writing a book that included comparing homosexuality to bestiality. [...]

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Victim in unsolved, anti-gay hate crime comes forward, criticizes lack of arrests

Friday, January 2, 2015
Bryan Long
One of two victims of a violent anti-gay hate crime that occurred in Midtown Atlanta in March 2014 has come forward, and is speaking out because police have made no arrests in the case. [...]

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Disturbing video shows anti-gay hate crime in heart of Midtown Atlanta

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Atlanta
New video of a violent hate crime in Atlanta last year shows an unknown suspect allegedly yelling homophobic slurs at a gay couple before assaulting one of the men, sending him into oncoming traffic. [...]

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