New benefits for same-sex couples in Tucson

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - City leaders passed a new ordinance similar to the one Bisbee passed earlier this month.

Council members voted unanimously to extend benefits for same sex couples.

You might remember in 2003 when they passed an ordinance giving same-sex couples rights to hospital visitations and other city programs.

The new proposal allows couples to register a civil union with the city. That would expend their guardianship and property rights.

Tuesday night during open call, only a handful of people spoke about this ordinance and all were in favor.

"Tucson is taking the forefront, taking a progressive step in at least expanding domestic partnership to civil unions, but I hope it's just the beginning."

The new befits will take effect in thirty days.

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