Tucson moving toward recognizing civil unions

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TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

Tucson is moving toward providing civil-union certificates to couples who cannot marry and allowing them to record contracts defining their relationships.

Under a unanimous City Council decision Wednesday night, an ordinance will be prepared for a council vote this summer.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, city officials want Tucson to provide a stamp of approval for commitment documents of same-sex couples who cannot legally marry in Arizona.

Under the planned ordinance, couples could file contracts regarding such things as inheritance rights, power of attorney and living wills.

City Attorney Mike Rankin said the planned ordinance shouldn't violate state law if the city doesn't offer rights reserved for married couples.

Bisbee is moving to adopt a similar system to recognize civil unions and register couples' contracts.

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