The City of Austin is expected to become the first Texas municipality to endorse marriage equality when it meets Thursday night.

At the meeting, city leaders will consider a resolution endorsing such unions in Texas.

The resolution is sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole. Co-sponsors include Mayor Leffingwell and Council Member Laura Morrison.

According to the Austin Chronicle, the resolution is “unlikely to raise much dissent in the chamber.”

Symbolic only in nature, it cites historical, moral and political imperatives in support of granting marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples.

A law criminalizing gay sex remains on Texas' books. While technically unenforceable after the Supreme Court's groundbreaking 2003 Lawrence vs. Texas ruling, lawmakers have steadfastly refused to remove their sodomy law, making Texas one of only three states where such laws remain. The other two are Oklahoma and Kansas.

In 2005, an overwhelming majority (76%) of voters approved Proposition 2, Texas' gay marriage ban.

However, acceptance is increasing in the Lone Star state. A February 2012 Texas Politics survey found a majority of Texas voters support either marriage (31%) or civil unions (29%) for gay couples. Thirty-three percent said they were opposed to all legal recognition.