Durham city council passes resolution supporting gay marriage

Durham NCThe debate over gay marriage took center stage Monday night at the Durham, North Carolina City Council meeting. After no debate and little public comment, the council unanimously passed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage.

The resolution, introduced by Durham resident Joshua Lee Weaver, calls upon the State to extend marriage rights and benefits to same-sex couples.

While Durham council members do not have the authority to change state law, Monday’s resolution was aimed at demonstrating support for same-sex marriage. Two neighboring cities, Chapel Hill and Carrboro have also passed resolutions supporting same-sex marriage.

North Carolina does not currently recognize same-sex marriage, however it is the only Southern state that has not passed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa and Massachusetts. Beginning in September, it will also be legal in Vermont and Maine.

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