Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will join LGBT advocacy groups Georgia Equality and Freedom to Marry on Monday, Feb. 24, as part of a press conference to announce the initiative “Southerners for the Freedom to Marry,” according to a report in The Georgia Voice.

“The goal of the initiative is to increase public support for same sex marriage here in the south, which has lagged behind the rest of the country. The national organization Freedom to Marry will be working with Georgia Equality and other southern-based LGBT advocacy organizations,” states an email from Georgia Equality to its members and supporters.

Speakers at the press conference in addition to Reed, the chair of the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry initiative, will be Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry, Rev. Don Saliers and a local couple, Linda Ellis from The Health Initiative and her wife, Rev. Lesley Brogan.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.