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|Avondale Estates establishes domestic partnership registry for residents|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:43|
Avondale Estates, the home of state Rep. Karla Drenner, the first openly gay state legislator in Georgia, has now established a domestic partnership registry for its residents. The registry extends to lesbian and gay couples as well as opposite-sex couples.
This new resolution should also help boost Avondale Estates' ranking from an 8 out of 100 with the Human Rights Campaign in its next "municipal equality" ranking.
The Avondale Estates mayor and board of commissioners approved the resolution on Monday, July 22, to create the domestic partnership registry. Avondale Estates joins Atlanta, Fulton County and Athens-Clarke County in offering domestic partner registries, according to Georgia Equality, the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization.
Georgia Equality credited state Rep. Drenner and Avondale Estates Mayor Ed Reiker with getting the resolution passed.
According to the Williams Institute, Avondale Estates has the highest concentration of same-sex couples in the state.
From Georgia Equality:
Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, attended Monday's meeting. He posted to his Facebook page today announcing the news this statement: "I was in attendance at last night's meeting. What moved me the most was seeing the enthusiasm of the mayor and the city commissioners in passing this resolution. It may be a small step but yet another municipality goes on record to support our families."
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