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Cville City Council to Pass Ordinance for Same Sex Couples

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Charlottesville City Council is expected to pass a bold ordinance Monday night to support same-sex couples. It would give benefits to legally married same-sex couples who work for the city.

But even if council approves the ordinance, it will only take effect if state laws change.

Councilor Dave Norris said this show of support for same-sex partners is a step in the right direction. But, Virginia constitutional and statutory law doesn't allow same-sex marriage, and some say that's the way it should stay.

"I think people have a right to their own ideas and beliefs, but being a Baptist and a Christian, I believe in the Bible, so I have some problems with some of the issues being addressed by City Council. But then again, I don't want to be judgmental so I respect their opinion," Charlottesville resident Wilson Critzer said.

After the Supreme Court's June rulings on gay marriage, some believe the courts will decide the legality of marriage rights and benefits once and for all. In the meantime, Norris says passing this city ordinance will make an important - if only symbolic - step for Charlottesville.

"Hopefully other cities and counties will take on the same ordinance and that is going to build groundswell for changing the law," Norris said.

Norris says the ordinance will immediately extend benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees if Virginia law changes to recognize gay marriage.

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