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By a 5-2 vote Tuesday, Sedona became one of just four communities in Arizona to now recognize civil unions. While some see it as a symbolic gesture for partners of the same sex, others see it as a waste of time and money since the state doesn’t recognize gay marriage, according to public comment at the meeting. Either way, Sedona now joins Tucson, Bisbee and Jerome as those that have passed ordinances in favor of civil unions.

Compared to marriage, the rights of those in a civil union are limited. In Sedona, these rights will now include: health care visitation, use of and access to city facilities and city employee benefits.The measure was passed at the Sedona City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24, which drew a large audience as well as crews from three Phoenix television stations. During a Sept. 11 meeting, the council discussed the issue at length with the majority of the members expressing support. The new ordinance creates a process recognizing the creation of contractual agreements between persons regardless of gender of sexual orientation defining the terms of their relationship.

Councilmen Dan McIlroy and Mike Ward voted against the measure. McIlroy said he felt the issue should be discussed more and put to a vote of the people. Ward was originally in favor of the ordinance but voted against it due to a change in the wording, which he feels makes it closer to marriage than that of civil unions.

For the full story, see the Friday, Sept. 27, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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    I am so proud of Sedona and our Council to make this move forward. Everyone should be able to stand up and hold the hand of the person they love openly. How beautiful to escape the bondage of religion's hate and shame. Continue moving forward always

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