CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- In a strictly symbolic gesture, Charlottesville City Council members have given preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance that supports extending benefits to the spouses of married city employees -- including those in same-sex relationships.
It's symbolic because it's contrary to Virginia state law and the state Constitution.
Two couples from the Shenandoah Valley filed a federal class-action lawsuit challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.
The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/1aUjBd9 ) reports that the council will vote on the ordinance at its first meeting in October.
Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com
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