This approach toward being LGBT-friendly began nearly 20 years ago when Keith Holliday was mayor. The first move was to grant “domestic partner benefits” to city employees. I suspect this was likely at the behest of lesbian police officers.
But the slippery slope argument prevails on this issue. Once an inch was given, it quickly became all-encompassing.
Given the fact that our local political class is bereft of ethics and morality and integrity, it is unsurprising this would be its approach. But the responsibility for this situation ultimately belongs to the citizens who elect them. It is a reflection upon them also.