The Raleigh City Council will consider a resolution opposing an impending anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment banning recognition of marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

Last week, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said he was opposed to the amendment and urged the city council to vote for the proposed resolution.

From The News & Observer:

Departing Mayor Charles Meeker condemned a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages in North Carolina on Saturday, days before the City Council considers the controversial issue.

Meeker derided the proposal as “discriminatory in nature, trying to put one group down and somehow (figuring) that’s going to help the rest of us. But it never helps our community when a group is put down.”

Meeker, speaking at a Unity Day forum at the Raleigh Convention Center, also urged attendees to take a don’t-get-mad-get-even approach to the proposed amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions. He counseled voting out of office in the fall of 2012 the state legislators who backed the proposal, which will be on the ballot in May.

“This kind of effort to divide our community for political purposes is just wrong,” he said.

Read the rest of The News & Observer’s coverage. The Independent Weekly also covered the news on their Citizen blog.

Matt Comer

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