Greensboro, North Carolina's 9-member City Council on Tuesday will consider a resolution opposing a proposed constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage in the state, local Fox affiliate reported.

Voters will decide on the measure during North Carolina's presidential primary in May.

If approved, the amendment would bar North Carolina from recognizing the relationships of gay and lesbian couples with marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

Mayor Robbie Perkins, the council's 9th member, called the amendment a “distraction.”

The mayor said he was concerned that the amendment would prevent the city from extending benefits to the partners of city workers who are gay. Greensboro currently offers health insurance and other benefits to those partners.

“We need to focus on jobs and the economy and our budgets,” said Councilman Zack Matheny, “and amending the constitution on this regard quite frankly has been a waste of time.”

Perkins added that he believes the council will approve the resolution, which would make Greensboro the third city behind Raleigh and Chapel Hill to approve such a measure.