Greensboro City Council To Vote To Oppose North Carolina Marriage Amendment

10:52 AM, Feb 6, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The Greensboro City Council is set to vote Tuesday to oppose the proposed state constitutional amendment defining marriage.

The proposed amendment, which will appear on the May primary ballot, would state that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized" in the state of North Carolina.

Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins and councilman Zack Matheny are bringing the resolution in opposition to the council.

The resolution cites the city's policy of hiring without discrimination and the policy to offer benefits to domestic partners as reasons to oppose the amendment.

"Whereas, This amendment, if approved by voters, would be inconsistent with the City of Greensboro's goals, commitments, and policies, negatively impacting, among other things, the City's ability to offer domestic partner benefits and compete as an employer."

City Councilwoman Trudy Wade intends to vote against the resolution.  She issued her own statement regarding the vote.

"The City Council resolution claims to be a reaffirmation of Greensboro's commitment to be nondiscriminatory.  In reality, however, it is a frontal assault against the institution of marriage."

"It is important that the citizens of District 5 understand that I am against the City Council's resolution to oppose the Marriage Amendment. In contrast to the writers of this resolution, I do not believe that the passing of the Marriage Amendment would in any way compromise the City of Greensboro's ability to be nondiscriminatory in policy or practices."

The vote on the resolution will take place during the Greensboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 7.

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