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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- With much of the crowd standing and applauding and the rest sitting silent, Greensboro City Council voted Tuesday to become the third in North Carolina to oppose the state marriage amendment.

Council passed a resolution to oppose the amendment by an 8-1 margin. Councilwoman Trudy Wade was the only person who voted against.

The amendment, which will be voted on during the May 8 primary, would define marriage as between only one man and one woman. State law already prohibits same-sex marriage, but proponents said a constitutional amendment would make it nearly impossible to fight in court.

After a lengthy public comment period involving those both for and against the amendment, Greensboro councilmembers talked about wanting to be a welcoming city instead of discriminating.

Councilmembers also said the city attorney informed them that the amendment, if passed, would force the city to stop providing benefits to same-sex partners of city employees.

Greensboro joins Raleigh and Chapel Hill as cities with resolutions opposing the amendment.