Gay and Lesbian Georgia


Georgia is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, with
its population increasing from 8,186,453 in 2000 to an estimated 9,072,576 people
in 2005. Georgia is also known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the
South. The capital and largest city is Atlanta.

The capital is Atlanta, in the north central part of Georgia, and the peach is
a symbol of the state. The state is an important producer of pecans, cotton,
tobacco, and forest products, notably the so-called "naval stores" such as
turpentine and rosin from the pine forests.

Tourism also makes an important contribution to the economy.

Georgia Gay Issues:

Gay Marriage
2004 Anti-same-sex marriage constitutional amendment banned marriage and
any other forms of partnership recognition for same-sex couples
1996 Anti-same-sex marriage statute banned marriage for same-sex couples

Domestic Violence
Has domestic violence laws that are gender neutral but apply to only household members

Sodomy Laws
(Felony) Maximum Penalty: 20 Years
Georgia`s law does not apply to married couples

Second-Parent Adoption For Gays And Lesbians
It is unclear whether the state adoption law permits second-parent adoptions.

Hate Crimes
Has hate crime laws that address crimes motivated by bias or
prejudice and do not list categories.

Some Georgia Cities:
Athens - Atlanta - Augusta - Brunswick - Columbus - Dalton - Decatur
Douglasville - Fayetteville - Gainesville - Jekyll Island - Kingsland
Madison - Richmond Hill - Roswell - St. Simons Island - Savannah - Smyrna
Snellville - Thomson - Tybee Island - Valdosta - Vidalia - Washington





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