Atlanta Suburb Elects Gay Mayor Pro Tem
- Atlanta suburb elects gay man as mayor pro tempore
by Michael K. Lavers
National News Editor
Thursday Jan 28, 2010
Lawmakers in an Atlanta suburb have elected a gay colleague as their city's
new mayor pro tempore.
The East Point City Council elected Councilmember Lance Rhodes at their Jan.
4 meeting. He will chair the City Council in Mayor Earnestine Pittman's
absence, but a statewide advocacy group was quick to applaud Rhodes'
"Georgia Equality, once again, applauds the leadership of the city of East
Point for making a stand for equality and fairness by electing an openly-gay
man to this position," Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality,
said in a statement that further pointed out the city's domestic partnership
registry and other pro-LGBT overtures in recent years. "East Point has once
again proven itself to be a city that values diversity."
First elected to the City Council in 2004, Rhodes is a Mississippi native
who currently works for the Department of Homeland Security. He is also a
former minister and a veteran. And Rhodes, who lives in Jefferson Park with
his partner of 17 years, Roger Donodeo, was quick to discuss his faith to
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