Small Arizona City to Recognize Civil Unions
April 3, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
The city council of Bisbee, Ariz., voted Tuesday night to pass an ordinance creating city-level civil unions. The measure, which passed in this former mining community by 5 votes to 2, allows loving and committed same-sex couples access to rights within the city’s jurisdiction.
The state Attorney General has called the ordinance unconstitutional and has vowed to stop it. This ordinance puts Bisbee in the company of Tucson and Phoenix as Arizona communities that offer municipal relationship recognition to same-sex couples. Arizona’s state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman does not forbid civil unions or municipal relationship recognition.
To learn more about HRC's work for marriage equality nationwide visit the Marriage Center. To learn more about steps that cities can take to be more inclusive of LGBT people, visit the Municipal Equality Index.
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