Updated: Thursday, March 14 2013, 06:58 PM EDT
Buncombe County may soon offer benefits to employees and their same-sex partners.
County commissioners will vote on the policy next week. Board chairman David Gannt says it will likely pass. It's something many have been waiting for, and something others hope won't happen.
The city of Asheville and Mission Hospital already offer same-sex partner benefits.
After speaking with some members of the board, we know the policy will not pass unanimously. The meeting takes place next Tuesday, March 19th.