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Tucson becomes second Arizona city to allow same-sex civil unions

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tucson city council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve an ordinance allowing civil unions between same-sex couples.

The measure, approved by a vote of 6-0, is similar to an ordinance approved in Bisbee, Ariz., earlier this month.

Tucson, Ariz.

It allows couples to register a civil union with the city, expanding their rights related to inheritances, property ownership and guardianships.

Councilwoman Karin Uhlich had said that Tucson should do everything it can to expand rights for same-sex couples if the state and federal governments fail to do so.

“This was an important step for us to take and we’re going to keep seeking steps to reinforce non-discrimination,” Uhlich said at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I think there’s been widespread support throughout the community and people are really pleased to see it pass. I hope the Supreme Court rules in the support of marriage equality and that the country starts to turn the corner on that form of discrimination,” she said.

In 2003, the city passed a domestic partnership ordinance granting same-sex couples hospital visitation rights and recognizing partners as a family for purposes of qualifying for city services.

The city of Tempe is also considering a similar civil union ordinance.

Tucson, with a population of 520,000 residents, is the second most populous city in Arizona. The ordinance goes into effect in thirty days.

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34 more reader comments:

  1. Awesome wish we had more cities doing this.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:52am
  2. WOO HOO!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:56am
  3. Nice to know that Sheriff Joe doesn’t represent the entire state of Arizona.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:56am
  4. Nice

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:57am
  5. …not good enough.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:11am
  6. Maybe not be good enough but its a start…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:23am
  7. That’s awesome!! But when do transgender individuals get true equal rights?!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 3:35am
  8. good for them!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 4:03am
  9. A step in the right direction, even if not good enough yet.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:18am
  10. Good. Anything that pisses off Governor Jan Brewer is likely to please me, especially when it involves minority civil rights!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:29am
  11. dah… where as other states are now allowing real marriage, your just now getting civil unions… want to catch up ?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:43am
  12. Let’s get going… http://www.equalmarriageaz.com/

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:29am
  13. <3

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:06am
  14. It’s easy to sit there and write “not good enough,” but this is a big step by LGBT-supportive cities in a state that has a constitutional ban on gay marriage. At least they are trying to do something for their LGBT citizens. We should be supportive, not critical.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:08am
  15. Good for them! Grandma Kay Jean McDonald

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:54am
  16. one step forward

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 8:29am
  17. a tiny steap in the right directrion.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 9:28am
  18. I call on the City of Phoenix to follow suit Thanks, City of Tucson for doing the right thing! http://www.brown4council.com

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 10:23am
  19. Thank you Tucson!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:21pm
  20. Wow “unanimous” is a rare word anywhere in America today, especially on this topic. Well done Tucson !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:23pm
  21. YES!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:24pm
  22. Take that Guvner!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:25pm
  23. Brewer must be throwing a fit

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:28pm
  24. I’m a proud Tucsonan!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:37pm
  25. That awesome

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:41pm
  26. I like the word “unanimous.” A lot.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:46pm
  27. :)

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:05pm
  28. Arizona?! Excellent! Poor ol witchy Brewer must be po’d.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:11pm
  29. One of my best friends covered this story on Tucson’s news! Go Tucson. Equality for all.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:14pm
  30. Not the same as full Equality.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:45pm
  31. Love will prevail. Even where same sex marriage is illegal couples cling to each other

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:53pm
  32. Civil unions equal second class marriage!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 8:31pm
  33. very happy to be in Tucson and great to see this!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 8:35pm
  34. I agree, but with the way the state laws are, I think it was the best they could do, for now. Once the Supreme Court rules in our favor, all areas with civil unions will become areas with equal marriage, instead. I so look forward to that day, because like you said, I feel like the whole “civil union” thing is the same as “separate but equal”, which we all know is never equal.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 8:47pm