Fred DuVal Launches Petition to Support Civil Unions in Bisbee, Arizona

Fri Apr 5, 2013 10:12pm EDT

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Use of State Tax Dollars to Meddle in Local Government Issues is Frivolous
PHOENIX,  April 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --  Arizona  business and education leader
 Fred DuVal, who is exploring a run for Governor, today launched a petition on
the popular website calling on Attorney General  Tom Horne  to drop
his planned lawsuit against the  City of Bisbee  for its new civil unions

On  April 2, the Bisbee City Council passed an ordinance offering civil unions
to all couples in the city.  These civil union certificates give couples the
same rights and responsibilities as married couples, including property
ownership, inheritance, guardianship and adoption rights.  

In the ordinance, the Council makes it clear that the City doesn't have the
authority to legalize same sex marriage.  But while  Arizona's constitution
defines marriage, it is silent about civil unions, which gives  Bisbee  the
authority to take this step for the liberty of its citizens.  The council wrote
that it seeks to "put an end to discriminatory practices within the  City of

In response,  Arizona  Attorney General  Tom Horne  threatened a lawsuit against
 Bisbee  for taking a stand against discrimination. DuVal's petition calls on
Horne to drop the lawsuit.  

"Please join me in taking a stand to support  Bisbee," said DuVal. "Arizonans
cherish our personal freedoms and  Bisbee  has the right to offer civil unions
without big government interference. Such actions are a frivolous use of state

DuVal is asking all Arizonans who care about personal freedom to sign the
petition in support of the position taken by the Bisbee Council.  

Visit to access the petition.

SOURCE   Fred DuVal

Christina Borrego, RIESTER, (602) 721-5779,

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