Georgia Equality, the state’s largest organization devoted to gay and lesbian rights, has decided to sit out the Atlanta mayoral runoff – and will endorse neither Councilwoman Mary Norwood or former state senator Kasim Reed.
“We feel that both candidates have a good track record of supporting pro-equality legislation,” GE executive director Jeff Graham.
Georgia Equality had endorsed City Council President Lisa Borders in the Nov. 3 contest.
The decision to stay neutral in the runoff is likely to benefit Reed, whose opposition to gay marriage – he supports civil unions – had put him at a disadvantage. Norwood supports marriage equality.
Graham said his group decided “there were not strong enough differences” between the two candidates to merit choosing one over the other – despite the same-sex marriage issue.
“We’re looking beyond that,” Graham said. “We always have.”
The gay vote in the runoff could be particularly important to both candidates. District 6 is generally thought to have the highest concentration of gay voters of any council district.
That council seat has also moved into a runoff between Alex Wan and Liz Coyle. Georgia Equality had stayed out of the first round of voting in that contest. But this afternoon, the organization endorsed Wan.
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