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AG Horne agrees to Bisbee civil union changes

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne attends the official election canvass approval signing at the Historic Senate Chambers at the Capitol, Monday Dec. 3, 2012, in Phoenix. Horne is being investigated by the State Bar over allegations stemming from an investigation into alleged campaign finance violations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says he’s reached an agreement in principle on changes to a new Bisbee civil union ordinance that will remove his opposition.

Horne met Monday with lawyers with a national group that seeks full legal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people which has been working with Bisbee.

Horne and Jennifer Pizer of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund say Bisbee will rewrite a section of the ordinance to make it clear it doesn’t confer rights under state laws.

There’s disagreement as to whether the original version did that but the city put it on hold after Horne threatened to sue.

The ordinance lets people in same-sex relationships receive city benefits and register contracts conferring things like wills and guardianship with the city.


  1. Jane Horton-Leasman

    Who cares what these people do. And, what “rights” don’t they have? They can’t put a partner on their employee insurance…they can’t claim their “partner” on their income tax returns…so, what else? As for their estate, that is simply done with JTWRS on real estate, bank accounts, stocks, et al. And, a simple PA (Power of Attorney) gives them every right they want to name. This is a big problem they are creating for themselves, when thousands of straights live together and do all I have suggested, plus…in order to protect their “partner”.

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