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    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
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      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'
      election.



      "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
      EDGE.



      The rest of the article is here: http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?101671



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