The city of Palm Springs, California on Wednesday approved a resolution in support of gay marriage, The Asheville Citizen Times reported.

The city's unanimously approved resolution states that it supports the “right to full civil marriage equality for all residents of Palm Springs who wish to be married regardless of gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.”

The resolution is only symbolic; California voters in 2008 approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union. Proposition 8 overturned a state Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Openly gay Mayor Steve Pougnet urged councilors to “do the right thing.”

“I just could not believe it,” said Sherry Fulton, who has been with her partner, Ruth Debra, for 20 years. “It means full recognition. It means acceptance Living in an openly, accepting community is so important.”

Opponents of the measure said it would drive out heterosexual families.

“If you want this whole place to look like Arenas – the whole city – that's what it's going to be,” said Owen Mangan, referring to a gay-friendly block in downtown Palm Springs. Mangan attended the meeting wearing a black t-shirt that read, “Leviticus 20:13 Ever Read It?”

Palm Springs is the only city in the Coachella Valley to adopt such a measure, according to Equality California.