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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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Alabama court reverses itself, allows visitation case after same-sex couple split

Saturday, February 28, 2015
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An Alabama appeals court reversed itself on Friday, ruling that a woman who separated from her same-sex partner in Georgia can pursue visitation rights in Alabama. [...]

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Former Georgia AG: ‘Religious freedom’ bills deserve ‘a quick death’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mike Bowers
Former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers said Tuesday that two bills being debated by lawmakers create an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people or break state laws and are "deserving of a quick death." [...]

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Federal lawsuit filed against Georgia DOC on behalf of transgender inmate

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Ashely Diamond
The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections on behalf of a transgender inmate who attorneys allege has been denied medical treatment and has been sexually assaulted by other inmates at her men’s prison. [...]

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Former Atlanta fire chief alleges religious discrimination in lawsuit against city, mayor

Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed, alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was fired from his job after writing a book that included passages comparing homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia. [...]

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Georgia GOP congressmen take Atlanta mayor to task for firing anti-gay fire chief

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Kelvin Cochran
Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has some new friends in the form of six Republican U.S. congressmen from Georgia. The group fired off a letter to Mayor Kasim Reed on Wednesday asking for Cochran to be reinstated. [...]

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Chatham County, Ga., debates extending insurance benefits to same-sex partners

Sunday, February 15, 2015
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Officials in Chatham County, Ga., are debating whether they can offer insurance benefits to same-sex partners. [...]

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Ousted, anti-gay former Atlanta fire chief compares himself to Jesus Christ

Monday, February 2, 2015
Kelvin Cochran
Ousted Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired earlier this month following the publication of his anti-gay book, gave a sermon at a Georgia church where he compared himself to Jesus Christ, Job and other biblical figures. [...]

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Andrew Young: Anti-gay former fire chief Cochran doesn’t understand the Bible

Friday, January 30, 2015
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U.S. Ambassador and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who is also a minister, thinks Kelvin Cochran needs to go back to Bible study. [...]

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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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