Starting today, the City of Tucson officially recognizes same sex civil unions.
It's been one month since the City Council voted unanimously and today those changes go into effect. This makes Tucson the second city, after Bisbee, to recognize same sex civil unions.
The new proposal allows couples to register a civil union with the city. It would extend their guardianship and property rights, and allow more rights when it comes to inheritance. Also city employees would now be able to designate their partner to receive benefits. This expands from the domestic partnerships registry which allowed hospital visitation rights.
Right now the Tucson registry has about a thousand people listed. Tucson's City Attorney says there is a lot of interest in the expansion that begins today, and said he wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of people sign up.
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