by Lisa Sorg
The Duke Park Neighborhood Association is urging Durham City Council to pass a resolution supporting same-sex marriage. Read the text of the letter to Mayor Bill Bell and Council below:
Dear Mayor Bell and Members of the Durham City Council: In its April meeting, the board members of the Duke Park Neighborhood Association who were in attendance voted unanimously in support of your consideration of a resolution endorsing the rights of same-sex couples to share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitments of civil marriage. One of the many things that make us proud to be residents of the City of Durham is this Council's historical support of the rights of its gay and lesbian citizens, especially through its approval of domestic partner benefits for city employees that has been in place for a number of years. This new resolution, while non-binding, is nonetheless a positive and necessary step for ensuring that all of our residents receive the rights and respect that they deserve. We applaud you in your continued efforts to do the right thing by encouraging and supporting same-sex civil unions and/or marriage. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can assist you in this very worthwhile effort.
Sincerely, Stewart M. Kennedy Board Member Duke Park Neighborhood Association