Bisbee set to approve civil unions

Not recognized in Arizona, new ordinance would apply within the city limits

BISBEE — City Council members reviewed the language of an ordinance Tuesday night that opposes discriminatory practices against lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people and offers them the same rights as any married couple. 

The City of 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 the particular sexual orientation of that partnership,” the ordinance says.

The ordinance continues: “The City of Bisbee will exercise its inherent powers of self-government. as established under its city charter, to attempt to lessen the impact of these discriminatory practices upon all citizens within the (city limits).” 

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Langer on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 3:41pm

Why settle for a civil union? Why not apply for a marriage license and when rejected, challenge Article XXX, Section 1 on Fourteenth Amendment equal protection and due process grounds? Surely there are attorneys in Bisbee who would accept a high-profile civil rights case pro bono, or you could contact the ACLU.

When I looked a year or so ago, the only challenge I found had apparently died on the vine on initial rejection. That doesn’t help anyone. What is needed is a couple or group of couples who are negatively affected by our law (constitution) and willing to fight the good fight for as long as it takes for what’s right to prevail.

Sumtingwong on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 7:18pm

No surprise, Bisbee? The surprise is that it took them this long.

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