Ca­gle: Pass adop­tion bill with­out ‘re­li­gious free­dom’ mea­sure

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In­ves­ti­ga­tors and de­tec­tives se­cured an ar­rest war­rant for Ty­rone An­thony Kemp, 26. They lo­cated him and ar­rested him with­out in­ci­dent at his work at a Union City, Ge­or­gia, car dealership. Col­lege Park po­lice told Ge­or­gia Voice Kemp was pro­cessed at their head­quar­ters and was charged with mur­der.

Ma­jor Lance Pat­ter­son said Kemp’s prior record was “min­i­mal” and in­volved only traf­fic ci­ta­tions and mis­de­meanors. A mo­tive for the mur­der had not yet been es­tab­lished, and Kemp has not con­fessed.

Danger­field, 32, was the 16th known trans­gen­der per­son killed so far in the US this year. The vast ma­jor­ity of th­ese vic­tims were transwomen of color, as Danger­field was. Her death oc­curred barely a month af­ter that of an­other At­lanta transwoman. Ava Le’Ray Bar­rin, 17, was shot dur­ing an ar­gu­ment in Athens on June 25. Jalen Breon Brown, who is also trans­gen­der, was ar­rested for Bar­rin’s mur­der. An Athens judge let Brown out on bond on Aug. 23.

Se­cond gay man run­ning for Ful­ton County Com­mis­sion

Reese McCranie is the se­cond openly gay man to vie for the Ful­ton County Com­mis­sion’s Dis­trict 4 seat, which was held un­til re­cently by the late Joan Gar­ner, who was the first openly LGBT in­di­vid­ual to be elected to the com­mis­sion.

McCranie pre­vi­ously served the city as the deputy di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Mayor Kasim Reed, and is now the di­rec­tor of pol­icy and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Harts­field-Jack­son At­lanta In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

In a post on his cam­paign Face­book page, McCranie touted the im­prove­ments made in At­lanta dur­ing his time work­ing for Reed, but said there is plenty of work still to be done.

“We have one of the worst in­stances of in­come in­equal­ity in the na­tion. Prop­erty taxes have spiked un­con­trol­lably and af­ford­able hous­ing is nearly nonex­is­tent. Our jail sys­tem is over­crowded and there are no mean­ing­ful re-en­try pro­grams for of­fend­ers,” the post read. “Ful­ton County has one of the high­est rates of new HIV in­fec­tions in the coun­try and has a well-es­tab­lished pat­tern of pub­lic health mis­man­age­ment putting the lives and well-be­ing of our res­i­dents in dan­ger. I be­lieve we can do bet­ter.”

McCranie faces fel­low gay op­po­nent Josh McNair in the spe­cial elec­tion, which takes place Nov. 7.

Ge­or­gia’s Lt. Gov. Casey Ca­gle doesn’t want the is­sue of adop­tion to turn into a dis­cus­sion on so-called “re­li­gious free­dom.”

“I don’t want us to get caught up in a re­li­gious lib­erty de­bate on the adop­tion bill,” Ca­gle told the At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion’s Jim Gal­loway. “I think that we should ob­vi­ously take care of the ma­jor is­sue at hand. And that is, we want to ex­pe­dite kids be­ing able to be adopted in any fam­ily, a lov­ing fam­ily, a car­ing fam­ily — to where they have a true fu­ture.”

The bill in ques­tion is House Bill 159, a com­plete over­haul of Ge­or­gia’s adop­tion code that hit the floor dur­ing the 2017 leg­isla­tive ses­sion. On the fi­nal day of the ses­sion, the bill stalled due to an amend­ment of­fered up by state Sen. Wil­liam Ligon (R-Brunswick), which of­fered le­gal pro­tec­tion to tax­payer-funded child place­ment groups that used re­li­gious grounds to refuse to place chil­dren with LGBT cou­ples.

Ca­gle told the AJC he ex­pects the adop­tion bill to be passed early in the 2018 ses­sion.

“I ex­pect the com­mit­tee to do its job and vet the leg­is­la­tion. I don’t ex­pect the Se­nate to adopt a bill that they have not vet­ted,” he said.

Just be­fore the bill was tabled on Sine Die, Ligon sug­gested to the Se­nate that the House had had plenty of time to re­view the adop­tion code re-do, but the Se­nate had not had suf­fi­cient op­por­tu­nity to vet the leg­is­la­tion.

Lt. Gov. Casey Ca­gle

Ty­rone An­thony Kemp

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