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Bisbee council to vote on civil unions proposal

BISBEE, Ariz. -- The Bisbee City Council is set to vote Tuesday night on whether to approve a new version of a proposed local law allowing civil unions.

The council voted May 21 to formally propose a scaled-back version of the ordinance that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

In April, council members approved an earlier version of the measure that sought to give people in civil unions the same benefits as those in marriages.

But city officials decided to rewrite the measure after Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne threatened to sue over provisions that Horne said were in conflict with state law or went beyond the city's authority.

Horne's office says he approves of Bisbee's new version of the ordinance and won't sue to try to block it.

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