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<p>Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, left, applauds at the conclusion of an event, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Atlanta, with Sam Ellis, 12, left center, and his brother John, 15, right center, mother Linda Ellis, who along with her partner, Lesley Brogan (not pictured), participated. The Ellis family was included in the event. Reed was among those kicking off the “Southerners for the Freedom to Marry” campaign, saying he believes gay marriage supporters are on the “right side of history.” (Photo by John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution).</p>

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, left, applauds at the conclusion of an event, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Atlanta, with Sam Ellis, 12, left center, and his brother John, 15, right center, mother Linda Ellis, who along with her partner, Lesley Brogan (not pictured), participated. The Ellis family was included in the event. Reed was among those kicking off the “Southerners for the Freedom to Marry” campaign, saying he believes gay marriage supporters are on the “right side of history.” (Photo by John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

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Effort to build gay marriage support heads South

Georgia among targeted states

Less than two weeks after a federal judge declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a new effort has been launched in the South seeking to build wider acceptance of gay and lesbian couples in the hope of overturning similar bans across the region.