AUSTIN -- Austin City Council members adopted a resolution Thursday declaring their intent to support marriage equality in the state of Texas.
Supporters filled City Hall Thursday morning.
Over the past few months, activists got more than 2,000 signatures on a petition in support of the city council's passage of this resolution. They believe Thursday's action sends a message to state and national leaders.
"It's time to end second class citizenship. We gay people pay taxes too, and we should be treated equally and have the same rights as heterosexuals," said gay rights activist Joseph Riley.
"It is a statement in support. We know from the civil rights movement that any act, direct, or indirect, that helps with ending discrimination is important and it matters," said Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole.
Of course the resolution does not make same-sex marriage legal in Austin. Cole, who sponsored the resolution, told KVUE it means Austin has taken a strong step forward.