Bisbee City Council approves same-sex unions

Bisbee City Council approves same-sex unions

CREATED Apr 2, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 2, 2013

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BISBEE, Ariz. (KGUN9 TV/AP) - The Bisbee City Council approved same-sex unions in a 5 to 2 vote Tuesday night.

The ordinance gives same-sex partners in civil unions the same rights in the city as married couples.
City Attorney John MacKinnon told the council on March 19 that approval of the ordinance would mean that two people in a civil union would be considered spouses in such matters as property ownership, guardianship in cases of illness, and disposition of remains upon death.

Bisbee's Mayor, Adriana Badal, told KGUN9 OYS, "You can't get away from any of the diversity.  So we're in each other's face all the time, and it's wonderful because we learn to get along.  We learn to live together."
The ordinance states that Bisbee supports the right of every person to enter into a lasting and meaningful relationship with the partner of his or her choice, regardless of sexual orientation.

"I think the "marriage" concept sparks the extreme conservatives because they've defined it a certain way, " said Kathy Sowden, a Bisbee resident. "So I don't really care what they call it.  I don't want gay marriage.  I just want the same rights."