CHARLOTTE — More than a dozen supporters of a local LGBT grassroots activism group attended a Charlotte City Council Citizens’ Forum meeting on June 1, as a pro-marriage equality resolution was presented to the council.

Joshua Lee Weaver, a Durham resident, traveled to the Queen City to present the resolution. It calls on the city council to “endorse and support the rights of same-sex couples to share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitments of civil marriage.”

The resolution states that “civil marriage for same-sex couples must include all the benefits commonly bestowed upon opposite-sex couples, including, among other rights, healthcare coverage and related decision-making, privileges under immigration and naturalization law, survivor benefits, inheritance rights, and child custody.”

Weaver had four minutes to present the resolution. He was the only speaker at the citizens’ meeting, following a city council planning session.

Immediately after Weaver presented the resolution, Mayor Pat McCrory adjourned the meeting. No city council members offered official comment on the document, although several remained after the meeting to speak with members of the Charlotte Rainbow Action Network for Equality (CRANE), who attended the meeting in support of Weaver’s resolution.

[Ed. Note — This writer is an organizer with CRANE.]

At an Uptown rally and march on Friday and throughout the weekend, the group collected more than 200 signatures of citizens who supported the resolution.

It isn’t clear if the city will put the resolution on a business meeting agenda. CRANE organizers said they intended to meet with several city council members individually. Speaking with the group after the meeting, a few of the elected officials agreed to meet.

Mayor Pro Tem Susan Burgess and City Councilmember Anthony Foxx, the Democratic candidate for mayor, both urged against working to pass a simply symbollic resolution. They said passing inclusive non-discrimination policies and domestic partner benefits would be a better step forward for Charlotte’s LGBT community.

Be sure to pick up the June 13 Q-Notes print issue for more on this story.

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

2 replies on “Pro-equality resolution presented to Charlotte council”

  1. Yes-the Mayor did adjourn the meeting after Mr. Weaver spoke, however, based on the information I have, this is normal. It is rare for the Council to ask questions, etc.. Time to move along-nothing to see here.

  2. Yes it is normal; however several council members and even the media commented how abruptly he ended the meeting, not even allowing the chance for a member to speak up if they had wished to do so. It is also rare that the council allow extensions on time. However the mayor gave the extension to Mr. Weaver without a second thought.

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