Arizona same-sex partners file for formal Civil Union

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July 9, 2013

BISBEE, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) - It's not quite gay marriage, but as of today same sex couples can claim some of the privileges of married couples in one Arizona town.
     
It's Bisbee. 

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."