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AG Tom Horne hates gays????

Apr 2, 2013

Arizona Republic

From this article it sure looks like AG Tom Horne hates gays, in addition to hating medical marijuana users.

I wonder does this mean that Tom Horne is also owned by Cathi Herrod and the folks at the Center for Arizona Policy???

AG Horne threatens legal action over Bisbee civil union vote

By Lindsey Collom and Alia Beard Rau The Republic | Tue Apr 2, 2013 3:59 PM

Does Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne also hate gays like he hates medical marijuana users??? Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne warned Bisbee on Tuesday that his office would take legal action against the city if council members approve an ordinance tonight allowing civil unions for gay couples.

The unions would be recognized only within the city limits and would grant rights given to a married couple, including property ownership, inheritance, guardianship and adoption.

Horne opposed the measure in a letter to city officials, saying Bisbee doesn’t have the authority to offer such unions and that “the impact goes beyond (city) boundaries.”

"The ordinance seeks to change seven separate State statutes within the boundaries of the city, dealing with issues such as community property, inheritance of property, and appointment of personal representatives," Horne said in a news release. "The only proper way to change a statute is through the Legislature, not through actions of the City Council attempting to change a State statute within its boundaries. I emphasize that I am not expressing any opinion on the policy of the ordinance. My job is to enforce the laws that exist and I am obligated to respond to complaints from state legislators."

Three Republican state lawmakers -- Sen. Gail Griffin, of Hereford, and Reps. David Gowan and David Stevens of Sierra Vista -- complained to his office, saying that consituents had contacted them, expressing concern that the proposed ordinance may be in violation of the state's constitution, Horne said.

On Monday, a powerful conservative advocacy group, the Center for Arizona Policy, sent city officials a similar letter and threatened to sue the city if it allows civil unions.

Bisbee Councilman Gene Conners, who proposed the measure, said he doesn’t believe the letter will deter the council. It supported the ordinance unanimously in its initial vote. “I think there are a couple of votes that might peel off,” he said. “But if it was easy, everybody would be doing it.”