Greg Funderburg reporting
ASHEVILLE, N.C.In a 5-1 vote Tuesday night, the Asheville City Council approved a resolution that creates a city registry for same-sex couples and endorses more rights for the gay community.
The new rule calls for the inclusion of gender, identity and expression into the city's anti-discrimination employment policy. The same rule also puts an anti-bullying ordinance in place.
The resolution also creates a domestic partner registry for same-sex couples to express they are a committed couple, which will prevent problems when it comes to hospital visitation.
It also calls for the city to support marriage equality.
"This isn't just looking narrowly at these issues just for LGBT," said Westleigh Heath, a member of People of Faith for Just Relationships. "I think it's for everyone in Asheville. It's a gift to all of us."
"I think they should have taken a no-vote stand and shouldn't have voiced their opinion one way or the other," said Marvin Ashburn, of Asheville.
FOX Carolina called Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, the only no-vote, but she was not available for comment.
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