Earlier that evening, supporters of the amendment gathered at Pack Square Park to rally for LGBTQ equality:
Video produced by Jake Frankel. Music by Jar-e.
In other actions, Council continued its public hearing on Ingles' request for exemptions in its plan to build a new store on Smoky Park Highway.
See below for a full roundup of the Twitter dispatches from Senior News Reporter David Forbes. And in other business, Council:
• approved a rezoning on Bear Creek Road to high-density residential
• consented to selling its ice rink to Asheville Hockey League
10:43 a.m. RT @mxnews: Asheville CIty Council preview: Equality and Ingles http://bit.ly/f1ju8y #avlnews
4:57 p.m. Council chambers packed 15 minutes before meeting begins
5:01 p.m. Equality resolution supporters gathered outside City Hall earlier
5:04 p.m. Meeting on, Council considering request to delay considering Ingles project to March 22 meeting
5:05 p.m. Group of pastors seated behind press row talking about resolution, AntiChrist coming out of the EU
5:06 p.m. Avl residents noting that many people showed up to voice opinion on project
5:07 p.m. Developer wants to have hearing before full Council. Bill Russell is absent due to illness
5:08 p.m. Vice Mayor Newman makes motion to proceed with public hearings despite Ingles' request
5:09 p.m. Newman cites public interest in topic, number of people who have come to speak
5:10 p.m. Bellamy: Allowing for full Council "is just proper"
5:10 p.m. Mayor Terry Bellamy: Usually if large hearing w/out full Council we let developer withdraw
5:11 p.m. Council member Jan Davis isn't supportive of holding hearing tonight either, says a lot is at stake, request reasonable
5:12 p.m. Council member Cecil Bothwell: Shouldn't deflect the people's interest based on member's illness
5:13 p.m. Motion to hear Ingles development tonight passes 4-2 Bellamy, Davis against
5:14 p.m. Bellamy presenting proclamation declaring Feb. 22 "Spay Day"
5:15 p.m. Bellamy: Observe the day by having your own pets spayed and neutered
5:17 p.m. Next proclamation celebrates March as Women's History Month
5:19 p.m. Last proclamation for March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
5:19 p.m. Asheville NOW President Mary Metcalf praising all women "who have fought the patriarchal culture"
5:23 p.m. Now, an update on the Blue Ribbon Healthcare task force
5:24 p.m. Jim Christian, retired director of VA Center and head of task force, presenting recommendations
5:27 p.m. Christian: Wanted to ensure city's plan accessible, quality and cost-effective
5:28 p.m. To help quality, prevention, task force recommends opening city employee clinic 5 days instead of 2
5:29 p.m. Other proposals: more preventive care, coordination with providers, incentives for wellness
5:32 p.m. Cost proposals include increasing employee/retiree contributions, changing plans offered
5:33 p.m. Christian: City needs to analyze retiree health plans, especially as many retirees get other assistance
5:34 p.m. Christian: This plan will ensure city's health fund remains viable
5:37 p.m. Human Resources Director Kelley Dickens: Clinic expansion in progress, plan changes go in effect July 1
5:39 p.m. Bellamy thanks task force, Council will consider recommendations during upcoming budget process
5:42 p.m. Next up: request to rezone plot on Bear Creek Road to high density residential
5:44 p.m. Site will probably have school/daycare center. Council passes 6-0
5:47 p.m. Ingles time. Proposal for large new store, additional retail space in Smoky Park Highway location
5:50 p.m. Ingles requesting conditional zoning, including nine parts of project not in keeping with current ordinances
5:53 p.m. Staff opposes granting four of the exemptions related to lighting, parking
5:55 p.m. Staff supports approving project, but not granting 4 exemptions they oppose
5:55 p.m. Staff notes that most of exemptions seem to be based around Ingles' preference, not actual design challenges
5:59 p.m. Ingles also requesting more signage than normally allowed by city rules
6:00 p.m. City normally allows 200 square feet of signs for this kind of development. Ingles wants 289
6:04 p.m. Staff recommends approving signage plan
6:07 p.m. Ingles represented by lawyer, former Council member Gene Ellison. Ellison says overall, Ingles providing enough trees.
6:08 p.m. Ellison: Able to satisfy Planning and Zoning requirement that wraparound sidewalk is safer for public
6:09 p.m. Ellison: "We're not trying to go around, just do things in different ways." Project will provide jobs, help area.
6:10 p.m. Ellison: Not perfect, but it puts people to work, creates jobs in community
6:12 p.m. Ellison: The light remains on the property, this amount of light is Ingles' standard
6:13 p.m. Ellison: Ingles been here for 45 years. "Want to make sure we're dealing with facts, not innuendo"
6:17 p.m. Bellamy asks if Ingles has people to answer technical questions. Ellison: we thought project would get delayed, they left for Atlanta
6:18 p.m. Resident Bert Arshierre: Against exceptions on lighting staff opposes, especially on lighting.
6:19 p.m. Arshierre: City's standard is a national one, perfectly reasonable, can easily read a book under amount of light it allows
6:20 p.m. Arshierre: Level of light Ingles requests serves no purpose but to draw attention to site
6:22 p.m. Arshierre: "A danger if Ingles is granted exception simply to meet its marketing plan"
6:24 p.m. Tree Commission Chair Bob Gale: Ingles large parking lot, with not enough trees, will create overheating, runoff
6:25 p.m. Gale: Other big-box stores regularly comply with city's standards
6:26 p.m. North Asheville resident Kevin Fulford: Asheville's nat'l recognition not been bestowed because of treeless parking lots
6:30 p.m. Laura Perreno, of Sierra Club: Executive Committee asks Council to turn down Ingles' request, will set bad precedent
6:31 p.m. Perreno: Standards are meaningless if not meant. Other big-box stores have met this w/out trouble.
6:34 p.m. One woman, who says she's speaking on behalf of handicapped, says project would be a problem
6:36 p.m. Susan Roderick of Asheville GreenWorks: Support staff's recommendation. Plenty of projects meet these standards
6:41 p.m. Activist and West Asheville resident Steve Rasmussen: "Amazed and deeply disappointed" Ingles trying to avoid standards
6:42 p.m. Rasmussen: Ingles should repent, build greenest supercenter around. Will create good jobs
6:45 p.m. James Judd, from Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods: Multiple neighborhoods, astronomy club oppose Ingles project
6:47 p.m. Judd: One developer that continues to come to Council for exceptions is Ingles. Wal-Mart, etc. seem to have no issue
6:48 p.m. Judd: "No facts" to back Ingles' request up
6:49 p.m. Public hearing's over, Bothwell moves to adopt staff's recommendation not to approve four issues, City Attorney: applicant must agree
6:50 p.m. Bellamy to Ellison: Do you agree to changes? Ellison: I don't have that authority, suggest continuation to go back to Ingles
6:51 p.m. Ellison: "This is a delicate issue... We want to build this store" wants to work with city
6:52 p.m. Bellamy: "So, Mr. Oast, what do we do now?" Man in audience: "Vote!" Bellamy: "No disruptions"
6:53 p.m. City Attorney Oast: If motion passes, application would fail, developer would have to come back with different project
6:55 p.m. Newman: Can Council pass resolution, could then delay to modify? Ellison: "When Council starts tinkering" could harm project
6:56 p.m. Oast recommends continuing hearing, so staff, Ingles can come to agreement
6:58 p.m. Newman: I'm going to support project with staff's recommendations, not w/out. If Ingles doesn't like that, have decision to make
6:59 p.m. Bothwell: "Unthinkable" Ingles can't adapt to same rules as Wal-Mart; Ellison interrupts, doesn't want Ingles compared to Wal-Mart.
7:00 p.m. Bothwell: 21st century store could save energy. Ingles plan not good enough. P&Z should obey the rules.
7:01 p.m. Davis: Vilification of Ingles "disgusting." Company is "an outstanding corporate citizen"
7:02 p.m. Davis apologizing to Ingle family "for the tone this has taken"
7:03 p.m. Council member Gordon Smith praising Ingles, but thinks staff's recommendations should be met
7:09 p.m. Bellamy telling Ellison doesn't look like project will pass without mature trees in project
7:10 p.m. Ellison asking for 30 days, Council sets date for March 22
7:11 p.m. Manheimer: Doesn't want project squashed, supports continuance to "negotiate something mutually agreeable" Shares Bothwell's concern
7:12 p.m. Manheimer: Ingles like "second home" but wants to see standards adhered to
7:14 p.m. Bothwell wants to see Ingles stay within signage rules, moves to continue to March 22
7:15 p.m. Council votes 6-0 to continue Ingles hearing to March 22
7:16 p.m. Council takes 20-minute break
7:23 p.m. Rally outside City Hall for equality resolution, earlier today. #avlgov http://plixi.com/p/79292020
7:28 p.m. Small group of anti-resolution proesters, earlier today #avlgov http://plixi.com/p/79292837
7:37 p.m. Council's back
7:40 p.m. Council moving to second reading of development changes that prohibit denied projects from returning and increase spacing requirement
7:41 p.m. Oast notes that four members of Council must support 2nd reading for it to succeed
7:41 p.m. Manheimer recused due to conflict of interest with her law firm
7:43 p.m. Davis notes he originally voted against amendments, but supportive now.
7:43 p.m. Bothwell: this brings letter of law in line with spirit
7:44 p.m. Bellamy has changed to supporting amendments as well
7:45 p.m. UDO amendments pass 5-0
7:47 p.m. Some people clearing out of Council chambers, a few seats open
7:49 p.m. Council on state legislation. Smith noting that legislation banning community broadband would end possible #googleavl deal
7:52 p.m. Council puts opposition to broadband legislation on consent agenda for next meeting
7:54 p.m. Council considering agreement to sell Civic Center rink/equipment to Asheville Hockey League
7:58 p.m. Avl Hockey League head Hutch Turner: "Our goal, as people who love ice" is permanent facility, approved a payment to city
8:01 p.m. Deal would allow Avl Hockey League to expand operations, college club hockey teams, figure skating increase visitors to area
8:08 p.m. Hockey league sending up a delegation of children. "If we got ice hockey here, it would be a real pleasure for everybody," one says
8:10 p.m. Council passes ice rink sale to Asheville Hockey League 6-0
8:12 p.m. Mills River Valley resident Jerry Briton speaking on proposal for Mills River protection program
8:14 p.m. Mills River Valley located south of Asheville, source of drinking water for area
8:16 p.m. Over 75,000 households/customers use water from Mills River
8:20 p.m. Dealing with declining water quality, fish kill, Mills River Partnership has improved quality, working on more formal structure
8:22 p.m. Kieran Roe, Mills River partnership representative asking city to name rep to serve on new board
8:24 p.m. City Manager Gary Jackson wants 60-90 days to evaluate partnership, can give update in 30 days
8:28 p.m. On to the equality resolution. Smith thanking People of Faith for Just Relationships, GetEqualNC, Ashley Arrington, Sam Soper
8:29 p.m. Rev. Joe Hoffman of PFJR speaking about gay friend who faced threats, says things haven't changed that much
8:30 p.m. Hoffman: Resolution "is a civil rights document... This is not a religious statement"
8:31 p.m. Hoffman: Diversity is a gift, all people of Asheville deserve equal rights, "but that is not the reality"
8:32 p.m. Resolution includes domestic partnership registry, employment non-discrimination, anti-bullying ord, endorsement of civil marriage
8:34 p.m. Hoffman: Was with lesbian couple in hospital, been together for 20 years, don't feel secure in recognition of rights
8:35 p.m. Hoffman: "Must say we will not have second-class citizens in Asheville"
8:38 p.m. Rev. Wendell Runion of We Still Pray: "Experiencing deja vu" from original battle over sexual orientation protections
8:40 p.m. Runion: "It has happened again." Resolution fiscally irresponsible, an added expense
8:42 p.m. Runion: Irresponsible "to add these people to your benefits"
8:43 p.m. Runion: Protections in resolution for gender identity, "could go into pedophiles, sex offenders."
8:44 p.m. Runion: "we're facing reverse discrimination, that's where we've come to in America"
8:53 p.m. Randy Brae: Resolution "endorsing a lifestyle not approved of God" those who vote for it "face eternal consequences"
8:54 p.m. Tom Astik: Wife and I considering moving out of Asheville if this resolution is passed
8:56 p.m. Astik: Direct violation of N.C. law intended by this resolution
8:58 p.m. Rev. Larry Sprouse: "Never thought in America we'd stand here debating such an issue"
9:00 p.m. Sprouse quoting Proverbs on "abominations before the Lord" tells Council to "make a decision you can face god with"
9:02 p.m. Rev. Jerry Young: Not about hate, about "god loving each one of us." Doesn't understand how city can afford this
9:03 p.m. Young: "I don't cast any stones" but asks Council to consider God's judgment
9:05 p.m. Angel Chandler w GetEqual: "Always amazed me when Bible used" used in past to justify and argue against slavery, suffrage
9:06 p.m. Chandler: People have the right to believe whatever they want religiously, but government doesn't privilege one over another
9:07 p.m. Chandler: I'm a taxpayer, citizen, homeowner, but I don't have the same legal rights as the people complaining"
9:08 p.m. Chandler: "All equal, and it's time government started treating us as such"
9:09 p.m. Resident Juan Oyola: Like to be able to visit, comfort partner when he's laying in hospital bed.
9:10 p.m. Oyola: "We are doctors, lawyers" contribute to community. "I want just to be myself"
9:11 p.m. TJ Thomasson: Here to "recruit you, Mayor Bellamy and the rest of Council" urges them to resist bigotry
9:12 p.m. Thomasson: "Make this a home for everyone who lives in our community."
9:15 p.m. Oakes: gay people have right to marriage benefits "if it's between a man and a woman"
9:15 p.m. Gene Oakes: Gay agenda out to "silence anyone who believes homosexuality is wrong"
9:17 p.m. Swannanoa Chris Oakes: Just want everyone to be treated equally
9:18 p.m. Yvonne Cook-Reilly: As transgender person "Asheville has afforded me the right to walk down the street w/out fear of being attacked"
9:20 p.m. James Shealer: City has goal for sustainable city. For that everyone has to feel comfortable. Important to state everyone is welcome
9:21 p.m. Shealer: When wife and I moved here, looked for active gay community. Wanted tolerant city
9:23 p.m. Leslee Kulba: Distinction between rights and privileges. What happens betwn consenting adults their right
9:24 p.m. Kulba: Shouldn't give privileges to those who "hook up w city employees"
9:25 p.m. Russ Heath, moderator of PFJR: These items appear to be only bettering lives of LGBT people. Resolution makes larger statement too
9:26 p.m. Heath compares to ending slavery, female suffrage "making us all better Americans"
9:28 p.m. Ashley Arrington: See bullying happening in city on regular basis. This is about city offering protections, esp for children
9:30 p.m. Hour of public hearing past, Council extends for 30 more minutes, each speaker getting 2 minutes
9:31 p.m. Simon Thompson: Me partner of 12 yrs run 2 businesses. Many LGBT ppl here own businesses guarantee Council members have visited them
9:33 p.m. Alan Robinson: 41 yrs old when came out of closet, "resolved I wasn't going to be invisible"
9:34 p.m. Robinson: Wife at the time thought I'd be beaten when put pink triangle sticker on car
9:36 p.m. David Spicer: Happen to be left-handed, autistic, gay, "wasn't consulted when maker made me." Just trying to live responsible life
9:38 p.m. Carmen Romes-Kennedy: I am an African-American. I do not live in fear of difference, support this resolution
9:39 p.m. Rome-Kennedy reading letter from pastor who disagrees with homosexuality, but supports resolution
9:40 p.m. Leicester resident Alan Ditmore: "Here because gay neighbors save me school taxes"
9:41 p.m. Ditmore: "The gayest town in America is Provincetown and guess what, they're rich."
9:43 p.m. Craig White of Center for Partic Change: I am bisexual, but married to partner of opposite sex. Receive all benefits, but aware of difference
9:44 p.m. White: Arguments against boil down to tradition and religion
9:46 p.m. Dye: Want bullying addressed, don't want bullies silenced, because them speaking damages their position
9:46 p.m. James Dye: This will send message to Raleigh as anti-gay marriage amendment is considered.
9:47 p.m. Aixa Wilson:If we want to win the future, must pursue courage and community. Support this resolution
9:49 p.m. Boyd: "My religion has nothing to do with law." Personal faith is not the constitution
9:49 p.m. Leslie Boyd: Am a Christian, God loves us just the way he made us.
9:52 p.m. Jennifer Thornburg: Told time and again in Sunday school America great country because of Church/State separation
9:53 p.m. Heather Tally: Mission in ethics, development to embrace our city as unique leader
9:57 p.m. Albert Wells: Looked around US for place to live. Found a home here. Hope we can be forerunner for NC embracing equality
9:57 p.m. Sam Soper of Justice for All: Asking you to give community a chance to practice humility by passing resolution
9:59 p.m. Candler resident David Hall, a Baptist preacher: Due to city's embrace of homosexuality, wouldn't tell anyone I lived near Asheville
10:01 p.m. Another Candler resident opposing resolution "This used to be the Bible Belt"
10:02 p.m. Sam Taylor: "Getting away from what the framers intended" homosexuality part of "sin nature"
10:03 p.m. Taylor: "Separation of church and state does not mean separation of God and state"
10:09 p.m. Allison Schad: Never identified as straight, "lived in fear whole life" relationship not recognized by culture. "That is oppression"
10:10 p.m. Bellamy denies preacher who wants to read scripture because he gave up time earlier
10:12 p.m. Preacher referencing Sodom and Gomorrah, saying God ordained heterosexual partnerships "better live in fear of God"
10:13 p.m. Hearing over, Assistant City Manager Jeff Richardson talking on domestic partner benefits
10:14 p.m. Richardson: In March will look at benefits, preparing for domestic partner benefit rollout July 1
10:15 p.m. Smith: in early 1990s, 1,500 people showed up on nondiscrimination clause hearing
10:16 p.m. Smith: That's a sign of how far we've come, now can fit meeting in city hall because many see it as "idea whose time has come"
10:17 p.m. Smith: Resolution doesn't prevent people from believing whatever they want to, just ensures equal rights
10:18 p.m. Bellamy wants bullying language clearer, wonders if speech against homosexuality would count as bullying, "it's not clear"
10:19 p.m. Smith: will use state standards against school violence for bullying part, this resolution sets direction for staff
10:20 p.m. Smith: Domestic partner registry handled by city, any private organization can choose to use too
10:21 p.m. Bellamy: "This is separate but equal" records are kept in register of deeds. Smith: County hasn't done this yet
10:24 p.m. Smith: City can't offer marriage but we can endorse same-sex couples have equal rights
10:25 p.m. Bothwell: For me, this comes back to Golden Rule. In favor of this
10:27 p.m. Davis: Conflicted, "shouldn't tolerate discrimination" but unclear how enforce anti-bullying ordinance
10:29 p.m. Davis: Past religion, this is about "rights for people." Have no fear of standing before god. Will support resolution.
10:33 p.m. Manheimer and Newman endorsing resolution, saying about equal rights
10:34 p.m. Bellamy wants language fleshed out, "if this so monumental, so important" needs more clarity
10:36 p.m. Bellamy: Want clear on what ordinance does and doesn't say. Didn't get served in restaurant last week because people assumed my opinion
10:37 p.m. Bellamy: Same thing happened in store because voted against domestic partner benefits. "Demonized" in own town.
10:39 p.m. Bellamy: Never had a malicious thought towards to gay people, believe in equality. Resolution creating fear
10:40 p.m. Bellamy: A "bible-toting believer" doesn't mean oppose good policy, shame can't say I oppose same-sex marriage w/out being condemned
10:41 p.m. Can't say don't want lesbian cousin to have her partner at deathbed, but can't support gay marriage
10:44 p.m. Bellamy: "lie from the pit of hell" that I don't represent Asheville. Represent city "like it or not"
10:46 p.m. Smith: Utmost respect for Bellamy, if bullying ordinance comes back and against free speech, I'll vote against it. This sets direction
10:47 p.m. Newman suggests clarifying anti-bullying section to note ordinance forthcoming
10:48 p.m. Newman: If we controlled it, would like to have registry in register of deeds. But we can't do that, so this is start
10:49 p.m. Equality resolution passes 5-1, Bellamy against. Applause breaks out, Mayor bangs gavel
10:54 p.m. Meeting adjourned.
11:22 p.m. Epilogue, by request: Davis, Smith, Manheimer, Newman, Bothwell voted for equality resolution. Bellamy against. Russell absent