Kasim Reed says he’s still ‘wrestling with my beliefs’ on gay marriage

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed this evening said he’s not ready to follow President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, declaring he was still “wrestling with my own personal beliefs.”

Here’s his statement:

“I respect President Obama’s decision to stand in support of marriage equality. I have fought hard for the rights of gays and lesbians my entire political career, from protecting adoption rights for gay and lesbian families, to voting against Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage as a state senator, to serving as the state house sponsor for the only hate crimes bill ever passed in the state of Georgia.

“While I am still wrestling with my own personal beliefs on the issue of marriage, I deeply appreciate the contributions gays and lesbians make to our city every single day and I remain committed to Atlanta’s vibrant and diverse LGBT community.”

Local petitions like this one on Facebook, urging Reed to hurry up and “evolve,” are already pushing the issue.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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td

May 10th, 2012
6:19 pm

The new Democratic litmus test has arrived in full force.

Voted Most Popular

May 10th, 2012
6:31 pm

Being heterosexual is no longer popular I see.

Sharkman

May 10th, 2012
6:35 pm

If you’ve done so many things for the gay community Mr. Mayor you should be proud to support gay marriage. Our esteemed President now does. What are you waiting for?

ND

May 10th, 2012
6:38 pm

Overblown and relatively irrelevant political issue, used by both sides to distract from real problems.

Lynn

May 10th, 2012
6:41 pm

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

td

May 10th, 2012
6:49 pm

From Dreams of my father by Obama:

“I am not her boyfriend, I shouted. I ran up to Coretta and gave her a slight shove. She staggered back and looked up at me, but still said nothing. “Leave me alone!” I shouted again. And suddenly Coretta was running, faster and faster, until she disappeared out of my sight. Appreciative laughs rose around me. Then the bell rand and the teachers appeared to round us back to class” BHO

Let us see if I have this right. Romney “bullied” another male student and Obama “shoved” a female. Looks like that “war on women” theme and bullying just bit the dust.

Truth Spoken

May 10th, 2012
6:50 pm

My sister is gay. Do I support gay marriage? No. Do I believe homosexuality is a sin? Yes. Do I love my sister to death? Yes. However, I believe being gay is unnatural and a spiritual strong-hold that needs to be broken like any addiction. At the end of the day being gay is a choice.

JesusFreak

May 10th, 2012
6:52 pm

Our esteemed Mayor might realize something Barry doesn’t – that when his time is up and he’s headed to his forever home, he is going to stand before a just God to be judged for eternity. Not everyone will gain the world and lose their soul in order to pander for votes. Some actually have integrity. Well phrased quote, all humans are valued and can make individual contributions but it doesn’t mean that their difference should be endorsed by the government. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Love the sinner but hate the sin.

CLEMSONDUDE

May 10th, 2012
7:00 pm

By some of the comments, there are many stupid people in our area…What morons! Who cares if gays marry..Sheeehhhh!!!!

DannyX

May 10th, 2012
7:05 pm

“Do I believe homosexuality is a sin? Yes”

What are your sins Truth Spoken? What’s your choice of sins?

How may we judge you?

EasternNotMiddle

May 10th, 2012
7:06 pm

seems like there is a lot of anti-christian vitriol about this … what do other religions do?

Caz

May 10th, 2012
7:12 pm

The government should never have gotten into issuing marriage licenses. But as they did and can’t disentangle easily, they damn well better make sure it’s open to everyone regardless of religious bias.

DannyX

May 10th, 2012
7:16 pm

Hey Jesus Freak…

“Love the sinner but hate the sin.”

Do you ever say that to your divorced friends/family?

Do you ever give them the “, all humans are valued and can make individual contributions but it doesn’t mean that their difference should be endorsed by the government. Right is right and wrong is wrong,” spiel?

Do you ever preach to them about

Chris

May 10th, 2012
7:20 pm

DannyX you are wrong just because people are not perfect does not mean that you can’t call out others. We are all sinners and come short but that does not give us as beleivers in Christ a way out of calling others to do what is right. Jesus will put in your heart what is right and wrong and it is everyones choice to do what they will. I am saved by the blood of Jesus but I still sin and have to pray and be forgiven. Homosexuality is forbidden and called out in the Bible and God will give you up if you choose to follow that path.

nene456

May 10th, 2012
7:22 pm

I am not gay but I think that everyone should be happy gay or straight. Who are we to judge let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I am proud of my president for voicing his support for gay marriage he has secured my vote

Bobby

May 10th, 2012
7:29 pm

Kasim Reed and Chief Turner have been anti-gay since the start of his administration. The window dressing they have done for the Eagle Raid was only due to lawsuits. Chief Turner is as bigoted today as he was 20 years ago toward gays. Notice he consistently rejects any criticism of his officers by the Review Board.

barasso

May 10th, 2012
7:30 pm

odumbo “evolves” on this issue. guess the new democrap word we’ll hear on issues now is “evolve”.

Darryl Moore

May 10th, 2012
7:30 pm

The mayor should base his decision on his religious beliefs and NOT succumb to political and social pressure.

Laura

May 10th, 2012
7:30 pm

Jinny, you are a hateful moron. What an ugly, unfortunate combination. I pity the people who have to deal with you in real life.

how's about this.....

May 10th, 2012
7:31 pm

Jesus said “What sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with unbearable religious demands, and never lift a finger to ease the burden.”
Luke 11:46

Yag Kosha

May 10th, 2012
7:33 pm

As a reformed Christian (meaning I no longer am a slave to Bible bunk) I don’t really care what Jesus would do or what Christians think. Try it, it’s extremely liberating. And no I am not afraid of being judged by God. If God judges me as unfit then he isn’t much of a God.

Who cares

May 10th, 2012
7:37 pm

Land of the free? Not so much. Christians are mad bc they’re just a fad and slowly fading.

Tim

May 10th, 2012
7:37 pm

sorry bible thumpers, I’ve been too busy eating pork and shellfish in my cotton/poly blend shirt…What’s this all about again?

really

May 10th, 2012
7:37 pm

this is truly sad- you dont want to judge, yet, it is not recognized, yet you have gay friends and family, and you don’t want to not support them; yet your crucified for saying its ok to be gay……. it may not be your choice to be gay, but can we really judge anyone? go ahead and bash this post now you infamous bloggers; by the way, the post from hows about this said it best!

DannyX

May 10th, 2012
7:37 pm

“Homosexuality is forbidden and called out in the Bible and God will give you up if you choose to follow that path.”

Why should gay people care? Most “Christians” totally ignore Jesus on divorce.

Divorce is forbidden and called out in the Bible and God will give you up if you choose to follow that path.

Divorce is a CHOICE!

Tim

May 10th, 2012
7:38 pm

worth repeating:
Jesus said “What sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with unbearable religious demands, and never lift a finger to ease the burden.”
Luke 11:46

Who cares

May 10th, 2012
7:41 pm

DannyX is spot on….

bloggers

May 10th, 2012
7:42 pm

agree to disagree- writing on this blog is a choice- and when man husband beats wife, dang right wife chooses to get a divorce; let husband keep beating her ass; i think not. divorce is a choice sometimes best made choices at that. most younger people today do think its okay to get married and divorced because its not working out; well when the working out is getting beat etc, yes then divorce. this is all non-sense- to EACH HIS OR HER OWN.

Aimee

May 10th, 2012
7:43 pm

TOTALLY WORTH REPEATING; Jesus said “What sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with unbearable religious demands, and never lift a finger to ease the burden.”
Luke 11:46
DO YOU PEOPLE EVEN GET THIS?

I WILL THIRD THAT

May 10th, 2012
7:44 pm

Jesus said “What sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with unbearable religious demands, and never lift a finger to ease the burden.”
Luke 11:46
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO EASE THE BURDEN?

Who cares

May 10th, 2012
7:46 pm

No one cares what Jesus said. We dont live by his rules.

Bob Saccamano

May 10th, 2012
7:47 pm

I’m a conservative, but I really don’t have enough time to care who someone is sleeping with. If I judged people on who they banged, I probably wouldn’t associate with any of my friends after seeing what they took home in college (myself included). If you have enough spare time to worry about who your neighbor is going to bed with every night, you need a new hobby. Go do something productive.

mamaj

May 10th, 2012
7:47 pm

Please consider that things like gay marriage take time to evolve. It was not that long ago that Black people could not marry Whites, could not vote, etc.,—-things that others were allowed to do freely. There may come a time, years from now, when this will not even be an issue and we’ll all be wondering what the big deal was, but in the meantime, you cannot bully people into changing their beliefs overnight and certainly, calling people idiots and worse, won’t help your cause. There was a time when I was adamantly opposed to my children dating someone of another race, but as time goes by, my opinion is slowly but surely changing, and it was my own metamorphosis and life experiences that affected that change–not someone breathing down my back. So, with that said, I am at this present point, not in favor of gay marriage. It feels morally wrong to me. You may call me names if you want, but everything in due time, people–everything in due time.

Larry

May 10th, 2012
7:48 pm

I was a pallbearer for one of my dearest friends who was gay man. He was one of the nicest men I ever new. However, as I told him, I believe homosexuailty is an act of perversion and the attraction to a perverse and/or unnatural act is a fight we all have to deal with.

I think this president is a total coward, and now is looking for anything to pull out an election victory amid the worst and most unaccomplished presidency in a generation. What has he accomplished? We are worse in every single economic factor now four years later.

Back to the perversion. I think we hide behind clinical definitions or social classifications so allow me to be very, very specific. Using one example, for a man to become sexually aroused at the thought of using his sexual organ to penetrate the harmful bacteria ridden waste, fecal producing anus and rectum of another man is utter, unabashed sexual perversion.

Honestly, I would respect more a gay if he said “me and my partner have made the private decision to be sexual perverts in the privacy of our home” and stop pretending to be a anatomically male and female.

And these here’s the really sad part. The coward Obama, and the coward Reed, are now saying it’s okay for Bill and Bob to hump one another’s rectum while their adopted, innocent child listens in the next room. Now you tell me what the real motivation and influence on this child will be? I’ll tell you! They will raise this child thinking that sexual perversion is perfectly fine…because our president says so!

This is a very sad moment in America.

wm

May 10th, 2012
7:49 pm

God Sucks, take that..God does not exist..I am not going to Hell, it does not exist.

Yag Kosha

May 10th, 2012
7:55 pm

“Jesus said “What sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with unbearable religious demands, and never lift a finger to ease the burden.”
Luke 11:46″

Only a fool would believe that what Luke or any of the other gospel authors wrote means that Jesus actually said it.

M

May 10th, 2012
8:08 pm

Larry, if you have to “deal with” attraction to a “perverse and/or unnatural act” every day, well…how’s the weather in that closet of yours?

Mike

May 10th, 2012
8:12 pm

I don’t believe the President has any real convictions on this issue one way or the other. This is a distraction. This topic has pushed the bad economy off the front page. This was a great political maneuver except, it has probably pushed a lot of Evangelicals who were lukewarm on Romney into his camp. This will probably do more to help the Romney campaign than anything Romney could do or say.

CTap

May 10th, 2012
8:16 pm

I guess it’s the Bible beaters versus the pillow biters. Who really cares.

Burroughston Broch

May 10th, 2012
8:18 pm

The Mayor is just reading the tea leaves to determine when he should resolve his indecision for maximum political advantage.

Rick James

May 10th, 2012
8:19 pm

This is so sad..Two people of the same sex who love each and marry do nothing to obstruct my beliefs.Things that I dont believe in I just dont do but I dont condem those who choose otherwise.A gay marriage does nothing to breakdown the structure of my heterosexual one.To those who believe it is a sin my response is that everybody has a right to go to hell.I see nothing wrong with people loving each other.Ask the mayor how he feels about cronyism and the secret world of pay to play.Ask him how he feels about control of the airport being taken away from city hall a given to a non polictical non partian airport board so the mayor cant use it as an atm for his friends and supporters.I’ll bet he wont answer.

wm

May 10th, 2012
8:20 pm

There is no god, you idiots..you are all a freaks of the universe…

Dirty Dawg

May 10th, 2012
8:21 pm

Tell us Larry, who in hell asked you to be a pallbearer at the funeral of one of your ‘dearest friends’? Somehow I doubt they were aware of how you really felt about one of the ‘nicest men you ever new(sic)’. I must say you’ve really put some thought to the ‘act’ that you find so heinous…and after reading your description no wonder. Then again I expect that if one were to try, they could come up with a description of some sex act that you’ve likely engaged in sometime or another, that would be seen as just as repulsive..and if not a sex act, some other behavior that you’d prefer it remain ‘private’.

As for this being a ’sad day in America’, every day is a sad one with the knowledge that there are people like you that hate as you do. And as for he religious part of it, there’s so much BS in Leviticus how in hell can you, or anyone, know which ones God really pays attention to?

Mike

May 10th, 2012
8:25 pm

Purchased a stand that I had to put together and I was frustrated as I tried to fit the square nut in the round hole. It wasn’t manufactured to fit there, but for some stupid reason I kept trying. It was only when I gave into the design of the manufacturer that I was able to assemble it.

Just Like Rome (not Georgia)

May 10th, 2012
8:26 pm

John 8:32 Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
Romans 1:28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God Abandoned them to their foolish thinking to do things that should never be done.
Personally this is not a struggle, I think it is wrong, will always be wrong no matter what the president or anyone else says. This is not a civil rights issue. Persons who choose this lifestyle run across the full spectrum of society to include members of my own family. I do not hate nor despise them I just believe them to be wrong as wrong can be. For those that do not believe in God or the power of his Word you need not argue with me. I did not write it but I sure do believe it.

Coach

May 10th, 2012
8:27 pm

Marriage is a religious institution. The government should have absolutely no involvement in the process period. It is only used by them to exercise control through the tax code. Separation of church and state yet a religious institution is built in to taxes. The government involvement should be referenced by law as civil union not marriage, regardless of the gender of the two people. In that ,everyone should be treated equally. It is up to a religious establishment to determine who they will and won’t marry and not the government. It is the government’s prerogative to vote on who they will recognize as being in a civil union for legal purposes. Majority rules on that. In no way should that have anything to do with tax code in either case.

zeke

May 10th, 2012
8:27 pm

td, a slight shove and several guys holding down a slightly built fellow and administering a haircut while he called for help are same in your book….you need new book

truth spoken, if being gay is eventually linked to genetic issues, will you change your position?did you ask your sister did she choose to be gay….was she raised any differently than you?

mui caliente

May 10th, 2012
8:32 pm

Truth Spoken, frankly my dear we don’t give a damn what you think. You demonstrate that you are a bigot and a small minded fool. So be happy in your trailer park with your 5 unwashed kids and your fat husband who beats you and lays drunk every day.

Just Like Rome (not Georgia)

May 10th, 2012
8:33 pm

1Corinthians 7:15 if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so? A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances. God has called us to live in peace.

Gman

May 10th, 2012
8:34 pm

It’s a shame things never change in the south.

Now who’s up for buying liquor on Sunday?

>:)