Arizona

May 20, 2013 6:27 AM by Associated Press

Bisbee council to mull civil unions proposal again

PHOENIX (AP) - Officials in Bisbee will consider on Tuesday a revised version of an ordinance that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

The City Council approved an earlier version of the measure last month, but agreed to rewrite it after Attorney General Tom Horne and an advocacy group threatened to sue over passages that Horne said were in conflict with state law.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/13z49K1) that the council released the new language to the public Friday.

Bisbee's revised version still calls the action a "civil union," but describes it as a contractual agreement.

It also omits a line that had said couples in a civil union would be recognized as "married" and another calling them "spouses."

Several Arizona cities, including Tempe, have said they are considering similar ordinances.

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