Greensboro, North Carolina's 9-member City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution apposing a proposed constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage in the state, CBS affiliate WFMY 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.

Thirty people turned out to speak on the issue before the City Council overwhelmingly approved the resolution with an 8-1 vote.

“For me, my partner, especially for our daughter, stand with us against North Carolina Amendment One,” an emotional woman said.

In his remarks, Pastor Rick Brooks suggested gay couples did not deserve to be recognized because they cannot procreate without the aid of a third party.

“These two flags hanging together, they might look nice together, they might be compatible, but they don't produce anything. Baffles me to debate it,” he said.

Mayor Robbie Perkins has said he is concerned that if approved 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.

Greensboro is the third city behind Raleigh and Chapel Hill to approve a resolution stating its opposition to the amendment.