The 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.