Tucson second city to recognize same sex civil unions

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Starting today, the City of Tucsonofficially recognizes same sex civil unions.

It's been one month since theCity Council voted unanimously and today those changes go into effect.  This makes Tucson the second city, afterBisbee, to recognize same sex civil unions.

The new proposal allows couplesto register a civil union with the city. It would extend their guardianship and property rights, and allow morerights when it comes to inheritance. Also city employees would now be able to designate their partner toreceive benefits.  This expands from thedomestic partnerships registry which allowed hospital visitation rights.

Right now the Tucson registry hasabout a thousand people listed.  Tucson'sCity Attorney says there is a lot of interest in the expansion that beginstoday, and said he wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of people sign up.

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