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Augusta Pride Festival Largest In Years

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Coverage you can count on with a countdown to a big ruling from the Supreme Court.

The court could decide on the outcome of two same-sex marriage cases before the current term ends in a week.This has sparked debate across the country, including here in the Central Savannah River Area.

Colorful banners cover Broad Street.  Families hug as they watch the gay pride parade in downtown Augusta. Some say this is a change from the major controversy created when the festival started four years ago. But, with grassroots efforts from city leaders there is now more acceptance. 

Lonzo Smith Augusta Pride Board Member says, "Augusta is developing and changing. Yes the mayor was a little comprehensive at first, but you can understand. He has to represent the community as a hole. Once he saw and see's that this is a positive event that represents the community as a whole, he got behind it. We appreciate and love city leader's support.

Prideful citizens say they're marching  for change. Section 3 of the Defense Marriage act is scheduled to be brought up in Supreme Court on Monday; placing a deeper meaning behind the march.

 

Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality Director says, "The supreme court will issue its opinion on same sex marriage, and how the federal government currently does not recognize that. Depending on what the Supreme Court says, we know it's going to have a huge impact on our work here in Georgia. I don't think we'll all have marriage equality, but it will give us an opportunity to educate the public on the fact that love and commitment is what makes a marriage."

Bringing the community together, educating others and sharing their story is why  hundreds of people spend their Saturday parading for a cause. This year many feel Augusta's gay pride festival has more support, organization and love than before.

 

Laura Douglas-Brown says," I do think events like Augusta pride show how much change there is, even in the south. This shows how accepting and welcome people are. We just need our laws to catch up with the attitudes and the atmosphere of mainstream Georgians.

 

To learn more, click here http://www.prideaugusta.org/

 

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