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Arizona town puts civil unions on hold to tweak law

PHOENIX — A City Council in a southern Arizona community that had been
threatened with a lawsuit by the state Attorney General’s office for a civil
union ordinance it adopted has voted to rewrite the law to take out parts that
apparently run afoul of a state ban on same-sex marriage.

Bisbee Mayor Adriana Badal says the council voted Thursday night to pull the
ordinance so it can be revised to take out items that raised the ire of social
conservatives and Attorney General Tom Horne.

Horne objected to provisions about community property, inheritances,
appointment of guardians and disposition of remains after death that he says run
afoul of a 2008 voter approved state constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

Horne spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said Friday that the planned lawsuit likely
isn’t needed.


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