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Greensboro council to consider resolution opposing same-sex marriage ban

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro City Council will consider Tuesday whether to publicly state their opposition to a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Item 33 of the published council agenda reads “Resolution opposing a proposed amendment to the North Carolina State Constitution.”

The amendment, which goes before voters during the May 8 primary, would define marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Mayor Robbie Perkins said a majority of council is in favor of the resolution. Perkins said the amendment is a “distraction” and “something we should not be voting on.”

Councilman Zack Matheny agrees.

“We need to focus on jobs and the economy and our budgets, and amending the constitution on this regard quite frankly has been a waste of time,” Matheny said.

Perkins and Matheny said they have concerns that the amendment could keep city from providing any more benefits, such as health insurance, to gay and lesbian partners of city workers.

Supporters of the amendment said it’s necessary to keep a judge from overturning the state law, which has happened in other states.

The resolution is expected to come up to a vote Tuesday. If it passes, Greensboro would be the third prominent city council in the state to publicly oppose the amendment.

Raleigh and Chapel Hill have already passed similar resolutions.