July 24, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Atlanta suburb approves domestic partnership registry
The Atlanta suburb of Avondale Estates joined Atlanta, Fulton and Athens-Clarke Counties as the fourth to  create a domestic partnership registry. (Image via Wikimedia by Fry1989)

The Atlanta suburb of Avondale Estates joined Atlanta, Fulton and Athens-Clarke Counties as the fourth to create a domestic partnership registry. (Image via Wikimedia by Fry1989)

AVONDALE ESTATES, Ga.— The Atlanta suburb of Avondale Estates on July 22 became the fourth Georgia municipality to create a domestic partnership registry.

The City of Avondale Estates Board of Mayor and Commissioners unanimously approved the resolution that will allow for the formal recognition of same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

“Adding this new service for our residents is a means of showing respect and recognition to the many couples we have living in our city,” Mayor Ed Rieker said in a statement.

Atlanta, Fulton and Athens-Clarke Counties have also established domestic partner registries.

Georgia voters in 2004 approved a state constitutional amendment that bans marriages and civil unions for same-sex couples.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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