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Arizona town approves same-sex civil unions; state attorney general says the law is unconstitutional

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BISBEE, Ariz. -- The City Council in a former mining community-turned-artist's haven in rural southeastern Arizona voted Tuesday night to approve an ordinance to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples.

The measure - approved on a 5-2 vote following an emotional three-hour hearing - makes Bisbee the first Arizona city to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples, giving the couples the rights now enjoyed by married couples.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has said the ordinance would be unconstitutional, and has promised to go to court to block it.

The ordinance said the city of about 5,600 people wants to end "discriminatory practices against members of the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community" so that couples could have lasting and meaningful relationships regardless of sexual orientation.

The measure allows same-sex couples to go to City Hall and pay $76 - the same cost of a marriage license in Cochise County - to enter into a civil union, The Sierra Vista Herald reported. The city clerk would then issue the couple a certificate of the civil union.

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