July 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm EST | 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 is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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