Divided Wake Commissioners vote to support anti-gay marriage amendment (video)
Unmoved by a steady stream of emotional appeals, the Wake County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Monday to support the anti-gay constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot May 8th. The amendment would ban civil unions and define marriage as only between one man and one woman.
Almost two dozen Wake County citizens urged the seven commissioners not to embrace discrimination by passing the resolution put forth by Chairman Paul Coble.
The final 4-3 vote came down along party lines – with Republicans Joe Bryan,Tony Gurley, and Phil Matthews joining Coble in support of the amendment. Democrats Betty Lou Ward, Erv Portman, and James West opposed the resolution.
The cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill all passed resolutions against the amendment last year.
Click below to hear a portion of Monday’s public hearing. You can read the resolution that was passed here.