Openly gay can­di­date loses South Ful­ton may­oral elec­tion

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She died a day later, and an au­topsy con­firmed her death was caused by “sil­i­cone poly­mer em­boliza­tion.” Her lungs, liver, kid­ney, heart, brain and spleen all con­tained the sub­stance. The med­i­cal ex­am­iner be­lieves that in one of her 10 in­jec­tion sites a blood ves­sel was punc­tured, which car­ried the sil­i­cone through­out Shuntel’s blood­stream to her lungs and other or­gans.

Robert’s other three vic­tims, who were not named in the state­ment, did not die from their in­jec­tions. How­ever, she was still charged in those cases with felonies for pos­sess­ing, trans­port­ing and il­le­gally in­ject­ing the liq­uid sil­i­cone, as well as ad­di­tional felony charges for the il­le­gal in­ter­state com­merce.

It was a hard-fought bat­tle for Rafer John­son, the openly gay may­oral can­di­date for the new city of South Ful­ton. John­son came in third, and in a live Face­book video, thanked his sup­port­ers, his hus­band and vol­un­teers for their work to get him to that point.

Can­di­dates Bill Edwards, a for­mer Ful­ton County com­mis­sioner, held a strong lead, but did not cross the 50 per­cent thresh­old. He and Benny Crane will be on the runoff bal­lot April 18, along with all of the city’s City Coun­cil races. Early vot­ing for the runoffs be­gins on April 10, with polling lo­ca­tions in Roswell, Col­lege Park and At­lanta.

“Re­gard­less of the out­come, we built many friend­ships and raised the bar for elec­tions in our city. This is only the be­gin­ning — to­gether we will raise a city we can be proud of,” John­son said in a state­ment on his Face­book page. “I thank all of the can­di­dates, it is noth­ing easy to throw your name on the line. [A] big­ger thanks goes to the fam­i­lies that sup­ported the can­di­dates and the vol­un­teers who made magic hap­pen.”

He re­minded vot­ers to choose the right lead­er­ship for South Ful­ton, and though he did not en­dorse ei­ther Crane or Edwards, he did en­dorse City Coun­cil can­di­date Car­malitha Gumbs for district two.

Repub­li­can in­tro­duces pro-gay bill

State Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna) in- tro­duced leg­is­la­tion that would pro­hibit dis­crim­i­na­tion against pub­lic em­ploy­ees based on their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions and ban dis­crim­i­na­tion in pub­lic ac­com­mo­da­tions.

Golick told the At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion he hopes to take up the mea­sure dur­ing next year’s leg­isla­tive ses­sion, mak­ing it the third such civil rights bill to land on the Gen­eral As­sem­bly’s feet for 2018. This bill does not ad­dress gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion, as do its pre­de­ces­sors, Se­nate Bill 119 and the House com­pan­ion bill 488.

If Golick’s bill passes, it would ex­pand pro­tec­tions un­der the Fair Employment Prac­tices Act of 1978 and would cre­ate a new pro­vi­sion that “bans state of­fi­cials from dis­crim­i­nat­ing against gays and les­bians be­cause of their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.”

“Cor­po­rate Amer­ica has led on this par­tic­u­lar is­sue for a while, and the state of Ge­or­gia would do well to fol­low that ex­am­ple,” Golick said.

Golick also in­tro­duced a sep­a­rate bill that would pro­hibit ho­tels, restau­rants and other ser­vice venues from dis­crim­i­nat­ing against cus­tomers based on their race, re­li­gion, color or na­tional ori­gin.

State Rep. Rich Golick

Lateasha Shuntel

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