Raleigh City Council weighs in on gay marriage amendment

December 6, 2011 3:37:52 PM PST
City leaders in Raleigh are taking a stand against a proposed gay marriage ban in North Carolina.

The Raleigh City Council voted six to two Tuesday afternoon to issue a public pronouncement against the constitutional amendment that would bar same-sex marriages and civil unions in North Carolina.

The city's Human Relations Commission argued the amendment is discriminatory and the Democrats, who control the city council, agreed.

"It shows that Raleigh is a progressive city and that it wants to enhance its citizenry, protect its citizenry and include everybody," said Chris Moutos with the Human Relations Commission.

The city council vote is largely symbolic. North Carolina voters have the final say on approving the gay marriage ban. The issue is on the ballot in May.

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