Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix, Arizona’s largest city, is stepping in to help Bisbee fight the state’s Attorney General, Tom Horne, over the city’s new civil unions ordinance. KTAR reports:
“If Mr. Horne is looking to sue somebody, he should look at Phoenix. I stand with Bisbee.” Stanton said he would direct the Phoenix City Council to stand by Bisbee during litigation should Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne choose to follow through with a lawsuit. Stanton said he supports “full rights, including marriage equality, for same-sex partners,” and he “looks forward to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality.”
I like this guy!
In related news, a potential gubenatorial candidate has launched a petition to support the city, PR Newswire reports:
Arizona business and education leader Fred DuVal , who is exploring a run for Governor, today launched a petition on the popular website change.org calling on Attorney General Tom Horne to drop his planned lawsuit against the City of Bisbee for its new civil unions ordinance… “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 resources.”
You can find the petition here.
The progressive cause isn’t entirely dead in Arizona.