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N.C. county approves non-binding resolution opposing marriage equality

N.C. county approves non-binding resolution opposing marriage equality

GASTONIA, N.C. — Commissioners in Gaston County, N.C., have approved a resolution opposing same-sex marriage.

gaston-county-ncThe non-binding resolution approved Thursday carries no legal weight, but commissioners said they wanted to let residents know where they stand on the issue now that same-sex marriage is legal in North Carolina.

They wanted to let people know where they stand on the issue, even though the resolution carries no legal weight.

The resolution, presented by Commissioner Jason Williams, says the county board “steadfastly upholds the sanctity of marriage and shall continue to oppose efforts by any court or legislature to legalize same-sex marriage,” reports QNotes.

The resolution also “encourages all those that recognize the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman as the only valid domestic legal union recognized in this state” to voice their opposition to the federal court ruling striking down the ban, and to support GOP lawmakers’ efforts to appeal the ruling.

Attorneys for GOP state Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis have filed notice with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that they will appeal a Greensboro federal judge’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

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The 4th Circuit Court ruled this summer that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. That ruling led the way for North Carolina’s ban to be struck down after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal.

Robert Kellogg, president of the group LGBT Democrats of Gaston County, called the resolution a “divisive decree” aimed at “alienating and marginalizing” LGBT people and their families.

He said commissioners are exercising “personal bias” and spreading “their own personal brand of moral authority” rather that govern in the best interest of the county.

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