It's a controversial issue
and a small Southern Arizona city is making national headlines for progress it's
made on marriage equality.
Happening today, City
Council members in Bisbee are coming as close as they can to approving same-sex
Bisbee is taking steps
that haven't been seen in Tucson, Pima County or anywhere else in Arizona.
Tonight, the city appears
set to approve same sex civil unions. It
would be the first in the state to do so.
The old mining town of
about 5,500 is described by the mayor as being very progressive.
Last month the City
Council unanimously supported a proposal to allow same sex civil unions. If passed same sex couples in Bisbee, like
married couples could visit each other in the hospital and choose where their
partner is buried, share benefits and health care, among other rights.
There is opposition in the
town too. Some maintain that marriage
should only be between a man and a woman, as read in Arizona's
Bisbee's mayor has said
all the discomfort creates an opportunity to talk about what divides us, what
The vote is happening
tonight at 7 p.m.; if passed couples could start getting civil union
certificates in early May.
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