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Melvin Moore is the spokesperson for Chattahoochee Valley Pride, an organization that something. Moore is in a same-sex relationship and has been fighting to make same-sex marriage legal in Georgia.

"All we want is the same basic rights they have, to get married, a right to know that our family counts and that our basic civil rights are protected," says Moore.

Recent national legislation has given local members of the LGBT community more to celebrate at this year's Gay Pride Celebration, which took place on Saturday at Flat Rock Park.

14 states allow same-sex couples to get married, most recently New Jersey, where a state judge ruled Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, saying gay couples would be denied federal benefits if the state kept allowing only civil unions. It's something some of the LGBT community never expected.

"There's so much change that's been coming, it's really almost staggering when you think about it," says Todd Frary, a volunteer with Chattahoochee Valley Pride. "The idea of years ago marriage equality was just unthinkable."

It's come a long way, but the LGBT community says there's still a long way to go to get where they want to be.

"Every year, I see a bigger difference in Columbus and hopefully in the next few years we see gay marriage legalized here in Georgia," says Moore.




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