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Arizona Attorney General invites city attorneys to discuss civil unions

PHOENIX -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is inviting city attorneys to an April 29 meeting to discuss legal questions surrounding city-approved civil unions.

Bisbee on April 2 approved an ordinance authorizing civil unions, but the City Council has since put the local law on hold pending a review and possible changes.

The council acted after Horne threatened the southern Arizona city with a lawsuit.

He said some aspects of Bisbee's ordinance conflict with state law and that residents could be misled about the legal meaning of a city-certified civil union.

Horne said he wants to guide city attorneys on what cities can legally do and not do.

Tempe City Councilman Kolby Granville has said he will propose approval of civil unions in that Maricopa County community.

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