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Bisbee council approves civil unions measure

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) The Bisbee City Council has approved a revised version of a proposed local law allowing civil unions for same-sex couples.

Tuesday's 5-2 vote makes Bisbee the first Arizona town to recognize civil unions.

The council had 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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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