Asheville City Council preview: Amendment One

Tonight, Asheville City Council will consider a resolution opposing Amendment One, the proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban legal recognition of same-sex couples. Various government bodies and universities across the state have already adopted their own resolutions about this controversial amendment. The full text of the resolution that will be presented before Asheville City Council this evening can be found here.

The resolution is being brought by Council member Gordon Smith, along with fellow Council member Marc Hunt and Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer. In 2010, Smith brought forward a motion regarding same-sex benefits for city employees.

Other new business includes the discussion of a liaison to be sent to the General Assembly and federal government.

However, before Council can get to the Amendment One resolution, there are 12 items listed on the consent agenda ranging from the approval of the consumption of alcohol at various local events like Asheville Earth Day and The Big Love Fest, to accepting Court Plaza as a city street.

Council will also consider a resolution calling for an April 24 public hearing regarding the City of Asheville’s ownership and operation of the City water system.

There will be no public hearings or presentations at tonight’s meeting.

Asheville City Council meets at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 10 on the second floor of City Hall. A work session regarding enterprise funds and the capital improvement plan begins at 3:30 p.m. on the first floor North Conference Room of City Hall. The full agenda can be found here.

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