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Marriage Equality Push Makes Its Way South

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed got a standing ovation, as he helped the national organization, Freedom To Marry, launch a million dollar campaign for marriage equality in the South.

Georgians support the freedom to marry. In a poll conducted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2013, 48 percent of Georgians said same sex couples should be able to marry in the "Peach State"...a higher number of support than opposition.

In the crowd were same sex couples...like Allison and Tiffany White... who shared their stories with us. "Being afraid to hold hands, even in Atlanta sometimes, just because of the looks and everything."

One woman says she's lucky she got married in another state...before her wife's recent death. Otherwise, she and her children wouldn't qualify for federal benefits. "Nobody knows you kind of need it, but actually going through the process of having all those protections- it just made a difference in my life and my kids life," she told us.

The money for the million dollar campaign is coming from private donations.

That money will be used to get the conversation going about marriage equality in the South, through ads and social media campaigns.

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