Town poised to be 1st in Ariz. to OK civil unions

AP News
Posted: Mar 21, 2013 1:37 PM

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — The Bisbee City Council is poised to make the southeastern Arizona town the first in Arizona to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

According to the Sierra Vista Herald ( ), an ordinance endorsed unanimously by the council on an initial vote Tuesday would give same-sex couples in civil unions the same rights in the city as opposite-sex married couples.

The City Council is scheduled to take formal action on the proposed ordinance on April 2.

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Councilman Ken Budge calls the move long overdue. He describes Bisbee as a "compassionate and open city" doing the right thing.

Bisbee grew up as a mining community but is now known mostly as an artist's haven.