Chapel Hill votes to support marriage

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Less than a week after the town council of Carrboro voted to support marriage equality for same-sex couples, the Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously approved a similar resolution.

Presented by Tom Greene, a teacher at Chapel Hill High School who moved to North Carolina with his partner, the resolution was adopted at the council’s meeting on Monday, Dec. 8. Openly gay Councilman Mark Kleinschmidt urged the council to immediately endorse it, instead of asking for advice from counsel.

Greene said he moved to Chapel Hill because he and his partner knew “in this town we would at least be treated as human beings.” Greene’s partner was recently denied coverage under Greene’s state employee health care plan.

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The vote affirms the town’s long-standing vision for acceptance and equality. In part, the resolution asked the city to “endorse and support the rights of same-sex couples to share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitments of civil marriage.”

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The resolution, like Carrboro’s, will be forwarded to state and federal legislators.

Chapel Hill, located near Durham and the state capital, Raleigh, is home to the University of North Carolina.

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Posted by Matt Comer

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