September 16, 2013
Charlottesville City Council moved forward with a statement showing how it feels about same-sex marriages.
Council wants to declare that if Virginia allows same sex marriage, it will offer city employees in same-sex marriages or civil unions the same benefits that heterosexual married couples have.
The ordinance is called "Supporting Equal Access to Employee Benefits for All Lawfully Married City Employees."
This ordinance is a statement of intent only because Virginia prohibits same sex marriage. Charlottesville cannot legally provide benefits to a status that Virginia does not recognize.
Council unanimously passed this first step on Monday night. The second and final reading will happen at council's next regular meeting on September 30.