CLARIFICATION: Due to a reporting error, the original version of this story incorrectly states the marital status of Ted Gellar-Goad. He and his partner have not applied for domestic partnership in Carrboro. The two were married in Massachusetts, but their marriage is not recognized in North Carolina. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
The Carrboro Board of Aldermen passed a resolution this week against the N.C. Defense of Marriage Act, a measure proposed in the N.C. General Assembly.
In a symbolic move, the board unanimously voted to oppose the bill, which would allow voters to make the state’s ban on recognizing gay marriage an amendment to North Carolina’s constitution.
The act at a glance
What it says: The act would put an amendment banning state recognition of same-sex marriage on the Nov. 6 ballot.
What it would change: State law already bans same-sex marriage, but this will write it into the constitution — making it harder for future legislators to make gay marriage illegal.
[ ] FOR [ ] AGAINST
“Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage is the union of one man and one woman at one time, and no other relationship shall be recognized as a valid marriage by the State.”
The legislation wouldn’t change anything in practice, but would make it harder to repeal the ban.
Alderman Dan Coleman said the proposed bill would constitutionally deny the rights of an entire class of people.