Arizona town signs up first couple for same-sex civil union

July 6, 2013 05:10

BISBEE, Ariz. - The liberal enclave of Bisbee in southeast Arizona bucked the state's conservative leanings by registering same-sex couples for civil unions on Friday, with two lesbians becoming the first to take the step.

In April the former copper mining town defied the state's Republican attorney general by approving a civil unions measure for same-sex couples. A modified version went into effect on Friday.Arizona law does not recognize same-sex unions. But now couples can go to Bisbee City Hall to sign documents assigning powers of attorney to each other.

Kathy Sowden and Deborah Grier, who own an antique store in town and have been together for 21 years, were the first to get a civil union certificate.

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