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Bisbee council advances new civil unions measure


BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) - The Bisbee City Council is moving forward with a revised version of an ordinance that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

The council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to formally propose a scaled-back version of the ordinance. That sets the stage for a June 4 vote by the council on whether to approve the measure.

Council members on April 2 approved an earlier version of the measure that sought to give people in civil unions the same benefits as those in marriages.

But city officials decided to rewrite the measure after Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne threatened to sue.

Under the new version, people entered into civil unions recognized only within the city of Bisbee could spell out "rights, obligations and expectations" in matters such as inheritances, property ownership and children.

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