The Athens City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution supporting marriage equality in Ohio.

Athens is only the second city government in Ohio behind Columbus to unanimously approved such a resolution.

The resolution reads: “Athens is an open and inclusive community that values diversity and celebrates the many contributions that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community makes to the life of our city … Athens City Council supports full equality and protections for the LGBT community.”

Columbus approved a similar resolution last month. At the time, Michael Premo of Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a statewide campaign to increase support for allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in the Buckeye State, stated that Columbus is the “first municipality in the state of Ohio” to approve a resolution in support of marriage equality.

Chris Geggie of Why Marriage Matters Ohio was present during Tuesday's meeting.

“I really thank you so much for helping us to secure the freedom to marry [for] all loving and committed couples and for your work to make Athens a place where all couples are appreciated and respected,” Greggie is quoted as saying by The Athens News.

Voters in Ohio approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union in 2004. In November, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati overturned a lower court's ruling striking down the ban as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear an appeal in the case along with cases challenging similar bans in three other states.