The Atlanta City Council has approved a resolution endorsing the legalization of gay marriage.

The resolution, approved on Monday with an 11-2 vote, was introduced by openly gay Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan.

“For some folks it was a slam dunk, no-brainer, 'what can I do to help,'” Wan told alternative Creative Loafing. “Others had questions, understandably, but knew why this was important to me. … It's been something I've been wanting to do for a while and it was just a matter of finding the right time and having the conversations I wanted to have with my colleagues.”

Publicity “was not the motivation,” Wan told gay weekly the Georgia Voice. “This is just the city council taking a position because it was the right thing to do. It was more important to me to reach this kind of consensus with the council without outside pressure.”

Atlanta has previously approved other symbolic resolutions in support of gay rights, including opposing Georgia's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and supporting repeal of the military's policy banning openly gay and bisexual troops.