Durham Opposes Marriage Amendment
Special Report - July 25, 2011
On July 21, the Durham City Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing proposed legislation in the North Carolina General Assembly that would give the voters of this state the opportunity to vote on a Marriage Protection Amendment. Councilman Mike Woodard presented the resolution during a work session on July 21, and the council voted 7 to 0 in its favor.
Legislative leaders have said Marriage Protection Amendment legislation will be considered by the General Assembly during a special session in September. One possible bill, SB 106Defense of Marriage, would ask voters on November 6, 2012 (the date of the next statewide general election) to vote for or against a “Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
According to the homosexual advocacy group, Equality North Carolina, the resolution adopted by the Durham City Council states, in part, that: the “City Council opposes Senate Bill 106 and House Bill 777,” and that the “City Council reaffirms its commitment to equal rights and opportunities for City employees and for all residents of Durham, including the rights of same-sex couples to share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitments of civil marriage.”
In 2003, the Durham City Council approved domestic partner benefits for homosexual and unmarried heterosexual partners of city employees. Prior to this, the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro offered benefits to the homosexual partners of town employees. Additionally, in 2009, the Durham City Council passed a resolution endorsing same-sex “marriage” in North Carolina, joining Chapel Hill and Carrboro, which had passed similar resolutions. Earlier this year, the Asheville City Council approved a controversial resolution that added “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the city’s employment nondiscrimination policy, established a domestic partnership registry for same-sex couples, and endorsed the “rights of same-sex couples to share equally in the familial rights and responsibilities of civil marriage.”
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