Bisbee, Arizona is known as a mining town and haven for artists and retreaters looking for a slow pace lifestyle with a plethora of cafes and antique shops set along country roads.
In early April, this small town with a population of 5,600 tucked away in the conservative state of Arizona has passed same-sex civil unions.
In opposition to this new law, the attorney general of Arizona has claimed that the town has over-stepped its bounds. Now, town controllers have watered-down the progressive language of the bill.
The words “marriage” and “spouse” have been omitted from the law, reducing it to suggest a contractual agreement.
Regardless of the word change, the law remains the same; same-sex unions are legal in Bisbee, a bright spot for equality in a normally conservative state.
As public opinions continue to shift in favor of the LGBT community, it is becoming increasingly difficult for even the reddest of states to not consider a change.