Raleigh, North Carolina's 8-member City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of a resolution objecting to a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar all legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples, including marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

The measure, which cleared the chamber with a 6-2 vote, was recommended by the city's Human Relations Commission.

“It shows that Raleigh is a progressive city and that it wants to enhance its citizenry, protect its citizenry and include everybody,” Chris Moutos, the chairman of the Human Relations Commission, told ABC News 11.

Charles Meeker, who stepped down as mayor on Monday after 10 years on the job, had previously called on the City Council to approve the measure.

“This kind of effort to divide our community for political purposes is just wrong,” Meeker said of the amendment during a Unity Day forum at the Raleigh Convention Center.

John Odom, the lone Republican on the City Council, said he supported the amendment.

“I do want to defend my marriage of 40 years,” said Odom. “I think marriage is between a man and a woman and I will stick with that. As we go along in life and start changing the definition of words, we get in trouble.”

Voters will decide the issue during the state's primaries in May.