CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners is delaying a resolution opposing the state constitutional amendment on the May 8 ballot. The board was expected to take up the issue Tuesday, but because two members weren't going to be in attendance, the issue will now be pushed back two weeks.
"I think what's important is that all commissioners have the opportunity to chime in one way or another on this issue," said Chairman Harold Cogdell an Independent who is sponsoring the resolution.
Several members are against the resolution and support the amendment. Bill James believes the commission has no business weighing in on the issue. A resolution vote doesn't have any practical legal implications.
"Having this debate will do nothing to change the public's opinion but it will do everything to lengthen the meeting and make it incredibly divisive," said Republican Bill James. "It's like reenacting the battle of Gettysburg over and over again.”
The constitutional amendment states that a marriage between one man and one woman is the only legally recognized union in North Carolina. It goes beyond an already-existing ban on gay marriage.
Cogdell is against the amendment, saying it's unnecessary and could injure the state's economic development opportunities. He also says it's important to clear up the issue for votes.
"I get asked all the time what is this Amendment One all about," Cogdell said. "I think some dialogue will help clear up some of the confusion, at least confusion I've heard, from many don't understand the implications of this."
The resolution will be taken up on May 1, just one week before the May primary.