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In one of the more emotional meetings the Sedona City Council has had in quite some time  — one that left some in tears  — the council took the first step in allowing civil unions within the city.

The civil union ordinance, as opposed to a common-law marriage, which is determined simply by a length of time a couple is together, will be a legally-binding contract recognized by the city. Civil unions are not restricted to homosexual couples; they can be entered into by heterosexual couples as well. Sedona City Council will vote on the matter Tuesday, Sept. 24.During the Wednesday, Sept. 11 meeting, the council gave direction to staff to move forward with an ordinance recognizing civil unions. A final vote will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

City Attorney Mike Goimarac put together a memorandum that states what the council’s options are if it votes to proceed with a civil union ordinance. He said he used what’s happened in the smaller communities of Bisbee and Jerome as a guideline when proceeding with the memorandum. Tucson has also passed a civil union ordinance. To date, Goimarac said Bisbee has received five applications from couples seeking civil unions, while Jerome has received none and Tucson has received 36.

For the full story, see the Friday, Sept. 13, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.








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  • Richard

    In 2008, Arizona voters approved Proposition 102, which bans same-sex marriage in the state by defining marriage as a “union of one man and one woman.” If civil unions are not legal in the State of Arizona then the city should stay out of this. Emotions are not the law, the law is blind and has no emotions. The health of the citizens affects us all and yet smart meters still have no ordinance and the city attorney worried about the ordinance "not being legal." So how did this ordinance vote get rushed through so quickly for a few gay people? Where is the concern that this ordinance is NOT LEGAL? It is a political statement, just like the people asked for against Smart Meters but were denied. If the voters wanted civil unions we would not have passed Proposition 102. If you want gay marriage legalized and that means sodomy legalized, then vote for it. Why should the city decide this for us?

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