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Arizona Couple Gets State's First Civil Union!

Arizona officially has its first civil union--and it's in the small town of Bisbee! (We're sure homophobic Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is practically apoplectic somewhere.)

ABC affiliate KGUN9 reports:

Sometime small steps in small towns lead to big changes. In Bisbee, Kathy Sowden and Deborah Grier went to Bisbee City Hall to file the papers to recognize their 21 year relationship as a formal civil union.

The documents spell out how they want to handle some of the privileges that come with marriage like the ability to make medical decisions for each other.

Deborah Grier says, "I think it didn't feel a whole lot different but just the knowledge that somebody will actually recognize our union of 21 years."

Kathy Sowden says, "It's not marriage 100 percent but it protects us a little more. 1 We've had friends who have had major problems when one of them has been ill."

Bisbee's City attorney says because the city wrote the  documents like a contract between two people, Bisbee's civil union carries legal weight outside Bisbee and throughout the US.

Kathy Sowden and Deborah Grier were not aiming to be in Arizona's first official civil union.  They just got to City Hall early, so they could file, and open their business on time.

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We just had to include the bit at the end about "opening their business on time." Ya know, Kathy and Deb are just your average lesbian couple, running a business and contributing to their local economy and wanting to create a little protection for themselves and maybe, just maybe have their union be recognized as legitimate. 

No big deal. 

Congrats to Kathy and Deborah and all the gays in Bisbee!

 

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