Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Tuesday endorsed marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

Reed, 43, made his announcement in a press release stating that he would sign a resolution in support of marriage equality sponsored by openly gay Councilman Alex Wan and adopted by the Atlanta City Council on December 3.

“Today marks an important day as I announce my support for marriage equality,” Reed said. “It is well known that I have gone through a good bit of reflection on this issue, but listening to the stories of so many people that I know and care about has strengthened my belief that marriage is a fundamental right for everyone,” Reed said. “Loving couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have the right to marry whomever they want. By signing this resolution, I pledge my support to marriage equality for same-sex couples, consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

In comments to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Reed credited gay rights activists with changing his mind.

“They were persuasive and they changed my mind,” he said.

(Related: Atlanta approves resolution supporting gay marriage.)