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Tempe, Ariz., city council to hear legal advice on same-sex civil unions

Thursday, April 4, 2013

PHOENIX — Another Arizona city may consider whether to approve civil unions that could include same-sex couples.

The Tempe City Council plans late Thursday to meet behind closed doors to get legal advice on civil unions.

The Arizona Republic reports that Councilman Kolby Granville requested the executive-session discussion and plans to ask for council action on civil unions in coming weeks.

Granville says it’s an issue of civil rights and that civil unions would be the next best thing to same-sex marriage..

Tempe has approximately 165,000 residents and is one of the Phoenix area’s larger cities — it is home to Arizona State University.

The Tempe council’s scheduled discussion comes after the Bisbee City Council approved an ordinance for civil unions Tuesday night.

Bisbee is a city of about 5,600 people in mostly rural Cochise County in southeastern Arizona.

Attorney General Tom Horne has said he will go to court to block Bisbee’s new ordinance. Horne contends the Bisbee council acted outside its legal authority because state laws control things such as community property.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. Aha! Considerably larger than Bisbee, and home to Arizona State University.

    Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 11:40am
  2. No. Tempe AZ, No. This is not a “stepping-stone” Tell the city councilors no. Civil Unions are segregation. Marriage is simply not a “word” or “something that can just be called something else” or something that its “definition is changing” Marriage is a legal status. In a handful of states, this legal status has been extended to same-sex couples. In most states same-sex couples are blocked from entering into this legal status. Civil Unions is not a stepping stone to something better. It’s insisting that separate-but-equal is acceptable, and its not. No separate-but-equal water fountains, and bathrooms for blacks, and not separate legal status for marriage for gays. Get it? Tempe Arizona? Get it? It’s segregation. Say no to this. And the sooner you’re on the track to equality. Just like Massachusetts did in back in 2004. It was said by the Massachusetts Supreme Court nine years ago. Unfortunately other states have plea-bargained for 2nd class status first.. instead of demanding full equality upfront. And this is why this movement is moving slower than it should. Say no to Civil Unions, Tempe Arizona, Just say no.

    Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 11:50am
  3. As a former Tempe resident of 16+ years, we need to get trans and sexual orientation rights first before we worry about this. I agree, civil unions are second class to marriage.

    Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 11:58am
  4. I don’t think it’s segregation. I think it is in fact a stepping stone. Blacks didn’t have their own seats, water fountains, restaurants, parks and schools for a while. Once those were in place they started getting more and more freedom. Also patience is a great thing when it comes to equality. Blacks didn’t get it immediately, interracial couples didn’t get it immediately. I’m sorry but as much as I am for gay marriage, the cause isn’t anything special.

    Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:07pm
  5. you guys are young, no more time for stepping stones….

    Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:35pm
  6. You all have to understand that Tempe is next to Mesa one of the largest populations of Mormons. The Mormon church has a hold on AZ like Utah. The small liberal population has to fight Goliath for all LGBT rights. Everyone needs to speak up. There is a group of Mormons who do support LGBT rights and they need to take a stand. I used to be Mormon and I lived in AZ for 14 years. I know this town.

    Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:43pm
  7. Segregation is in fact the word used by the SJC of Massachusetts February 4, 2004. It’s not my opinion, I’m citing US History, not interjecting my own opinion here, I am telling you why Civil Unions were rejected in Massachusetts, because civil unions were identified as segregation in the Feb. 4th, 2004 Advisory opinion authored by that state’s highest court.

    Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 1:17pm
  8. .,AZ has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage… if civil union is the closest we can get then so be it! let’s wait for the SCOTUS to repeal ALL ban on same-sex marriage and then let the dems and GOP members who do support marriage equality win this midterm election especially in the congress and then pass a same-sex marriage bill on a federal level because i doubt that state like arkansas, alabama, indiana, mississippi, tennessee, missouri, idaho, alaska, louisiana, montana, and most southern and bible belt state will ever legalize it if the fed is not involve…

    Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 3:07pm