RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond City Council has approved an ordinance extending benefits to the spouses of employees in same-sex relationships.
But the move is symbolic. Virginia's constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Media outlets report that council members approved the ordinance Monday on a 5-3 vote. Councilwoman Kathy C. Graziano abstained.
Graziano said that she doesn't consider passing an ordinance that can't be enforced as good policy.
Council President Charles R. Samuels supported the ordinance. He said it's similar to pre-emptive measures that Richmond has taken to prepare for the potential privatization of state ABC stores.
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An Amtrak train carrying more than 40 passengers was involved in an accident with a car Thursday morning in Waverly. The driver of the car is facing multiple charges.
Some local families who lost a loved one during active duty military service boarded a special flight out of Norfolk Thursday morning.
Thousands of EMTs and paramedics checked their bank accounts Thursday for one last scheduled payment from the company that suddenly laid them off, but found nothing.