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Civil union ordinance passes, further legal battles pending

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BISBEE, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The City of Bisbee is making history, as the first community in Arizona to allow same sex civil unions.

A heated discussion on both sides of the issue extended the meeting late into the night, but the ordinance passed. 

This one meeting drew vans full of people from within town and brought supporters all the way from Tucson, until Bisbee's City Hall was overflowing with people.

Some sat on the ground inside, some had to stay outside in the hallway, or even listening through the windows. 

60 people spoke up for and against the proposal, public comment lasted three hours last night.  Those against it were quoting scripture, saying it's against God's law; while supporters are saying it's about equal rights for everyone.

In the end the vote was 5 – 2 in favor. 

"You know people have the right to live their life the way they want, I don't have a problem with that. But when you have group of people voting you in, you have to listen to them and I did," said Shirley Doughty, the Ward 3 Councilor, who voted against the ordinance.

"From the perspective of civil rights and the law, it made perfect sense to extend to others the rights that we have," said Adriana Badal, Bisbee's mayor. 

Arizona's Attorney General is planning to take court action against Bisbee's ordinance. 

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