The signed resolution also prohibits discrimination by stores, restaurants, hotels and other public businesses. It also prohibits discrimination in regards to city employment on the basis of sexual orientation.
In addition, the new order gives city employees an opportunity to enroll their domestic partners in health insurance plans and identify them as beneficiaries in pension plans.
“This is a reflection of the respect and concern for me and my husband Mike that Mayor Reed has shown through all the years of our advocating with him and to him,” said Rev. Harry Knox, President and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. “I have always felt that Mayor Reed both respected my marriage and cared for Mike and me as people.”
According to the U.S. Census, Atlanta has one of the highest populations of LGBT communities in the nation. Mayor Reed has also joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a non-partisan coalition of more than 200 city mayors who support same-sex marriages.
“I believe in tolerance and acceptance, regardless of a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity,” declared Reed. “That creed has been a guiding force for me throughout my life, as reflected by my actions and votes as a lifelong Democrat and elected official in the state of Georgia for more than 14 years.”