The Durham City Council has agreed to take under consideration a resolution supporting gay marriage.
Resident Joshua Weaver presented the resolution this afternoon at the council's work session, identifying himself as a gay man and saying homosexuals "are not recognized as equal citizens in this city."
The resolution states support for "same-sex couples to share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitments of civil marriage" as heterosexuals. It would, though, have no effect on state law.
City attorney Patrick Baker said he would review the resolution and present the council a recommendation April 9.
"'From time to time we resolve to have the legislature change the laws. ... so that's what this would be," Baker said.
Weaver said the resolution has already been endorsed by the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro.