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Bisbee, Arizona Gay Man Declares 'I am Not an Abomination'; State Will Sue to Block Civil Unions: VIDEO


Yesterday I reported that the tiny Arizona town of Bisbee had approved civil unions. Here's a video (via jmg) of the meeting leading up to the City Council's 5-2 vote to recognize them. In the video, several people get up and declare homosexuality an abomination, except for one couple.

Says one of the couple in a statement:

"I just have to clarify. I am not an abomination. The love that we share together and the life that we have built together is not an abomination. It's strange to have to say that. It's strange to be up here asking all of you that are married - you all have more rights than I do, and you'll have more rights even if this passes...It does feel strange to be up here begging for something that's so little...I really just want the same rights that all of you have right now and I want all the same rights that my parents have...This isn't an abstract issue of gay marriage. This is us. We're a couple. And we love each other. And we would like you to please unanimously vote to give us just a sliver of the rights that you have."



And yesterday, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced he will take the city to court to block the decision, the Star reports:

Horne spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the planned lawsuit will be filed before the ordinance approved Tuesday night by the Bisbee City Council takes effect in 30 days.

The council approved the ordinance after three hours of testimony by residents of the former mining town in mostly rural southeastern Arizona.

Horne says he's not taking a policy stance against civil unions by planning to sue. He says the council acted outside its legal authority because state laws control things such as community property.


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  1. I love this story. 'I am not an abomination'; I smell the latest meme/catchphrase. 'I am not an abomination' t-shirts, bumper stickers, caps are on their way.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 4, 2013 12:27:58 PM

  2. Arizona...this btch.

    Posted by: Sister Bertrille | Apr 4, 2013 12:39:04 PM

  3. I heard a story that some christian group in Phoenix bused in some of the opposition. Also, now that Bisbee has passed this, Tempe is starting the debate to legalize civil unions as well. Tempe is a suburb of Phoenix, home to Arizona State University, and has some 160,000 residents. This tiny town has ignited a firestorm in Arizona.

    Posted by: Luke | Apr 4, 2013 12:41:55 PM

  4. Arizona, a beautiful state, is sadly lacking in beautiful minds. I'll never visit there again. I'd sooner spend weeks in the most hateful parts of Texas.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 4, 2013 12:52:37 PM

  5. To the lady @1:39 -- I can quote Leviticus too. Take a look...
    Leviticus 20:

    9 'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.

    10 If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death."

    Unless you support the above passages you're nothing but a cherry-picking hypocrite. Please refer to 1 Timothy 2:12 "I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet." Translation: sit down and shut up.

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 4, 2013 1:04:34 PM

  6. Awesome guys. Really, really awesome. Such courage to be able to do that.

    Posted by: Josh | Apr 4, 2013 1:05:02 PM

  7. The Attorney General Tom Horne was caught by the FBI having an adulterous affair (illegal in Arizona) and hitting a car with his car in a parking lot and driving off (also illegal). This happened at the same time he was arguing to the Supreme Court that domestic partner benefits were a threat to traditional marriage.

    Thirty five bottles that contained ALKA SELTZER were found during the project. The Arizona Republic had advertisements for this product between 1933 onward. This product was used for upset stomachs, heartburn, and acid indigestion.

    Posted by: jht | Apr 4, 2013 1:08:43 PM

  8. I'm kind of shaking here and about to burst into tears. This young man and his partner are my new heroes.

    Posted by: Bryan | Apr 4, 2013 1:08:57 PM

  9. And ignore the second paragraph, which is work-related, lol.

    Posted by: jht | Apr 4, 2013 1:09:51 PM

  10. Securities Law Violations

    Horne was the president of T.C. Horne & Co., an investment firm he founded in the late 1960s. After the firm went bankrupt in 1970, Horne received a lifetime trading ban from the Securities and Exchange Commission.[22] The 1973 SEC report alleged that as president of T.C. Horne & Co, Horne "among other things, violated the record-keeping, anti-fraud, and broker-dealer net capital provisions of the federal securities laws and filed false financial reports with the commission." Horne stipulated to an SEC finding that he and his firm "willfully aided and abetted" in violations of securities laws.[22]
    Office Affair and Whistleblower Investigation

    In July, 2011, the Phoenix New Times broke a story about a woman who had been hired by Horne to a senior position at the Arizona Attorney General's office, despite her not having a license to practice law, and alleging that Horne and the woman were carrying on an affair.[23] When the New Times reporter filed a Freedom of Information Act request for public records regarding the woman's hiring, Horne launched a confidential internal investigation to find the whistleblower who had leaked information regarding the woman to the media.[24]

    As part of that investigation, Horne assigned members of his staff to spend months looking into the matter, and spoke about having his employees' phone conversations eavesdropped upon—something which, records show, he knew was illegal. During the investigation, the staff member in charge found evidence of illegal campaign activity by Horne and other members of the Attorney General's office, and forwarded that information to the FBI.[25]

    In October, 2012, other local media outlets in Phoenix published articles citing public records, sources in the Attorney General's office, and FBI records supporting the allegations of an affair made by the Phoenix New Times over a year earlier.[25][26][27]
    Campaign Finance Law Violations

    In October, 2012, after an FBI investigation, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery concluded that Horne deliberately broke campaign finance laws during his 2010 election campaign by coordinating with an independent expenditure committee.[28] Montgomery has chosen not to file criminal charges in the matter, and has ordered Horne to report and refund hundreds of thousands of dollars of allegedly illegal campaign contributions benefiting Horne's 2010 election campaign.[29]

    FBI agents determined that Horne's employees had been coached prior to, and had lied during, interrogations related to the investigation. Montgomery did not file charges of obstruction of justice in these matters, noting that although there is a Federal statute involving lying to an investigator, there is no similar Arizona statute.[30]
    Traffic Violations

    In October, 2007, while State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Horne was cited for criminal speeding in Scottsdale, Arizona. During a subsequent year-and-a-half period, Horne was cited for speeding 6 additional times, including once in a school zone.[31][32][33]

    In March, 2012, while tailing Horne as part of an investigation into campaign finance law violations, FBI agents observed Horne leaving the scene of an accident, after backing his borrowed car into a parked car, and causing approximately $1,000 damage. The FBI agents turned their notes on the matter over to the Phoenix Police Department, noting that Horne's hit-and-run was likely an attempt to hide an affair with a subordinate in his office.[34][35]

    Horne’s responses when asked about the accident have varied. He has both denied knowing he hit another vehicle, and said that he did not think he had done any damage to the other vehicle, although he had the damage to the vehicle he was driving repaired. The Phoenix Police report shows that Horne stopped for an estimated 10 to 20 seconds. FBI records say that neither Horne nor his female passenger "made any attempt to check for damage or make any kind of notification to the vehicle owner." Horne declined to cooperate in the police investigation of the incident. Following the investigation, Phoenix Police cited Horne for one count of leaving the scene of a collision with an unattended vehicle, a Class 3 misdemeanor.[34][35]

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Apr 4, 2013 1:14:14 PM

  11. The above is some lovely information on the Mr. Horne. He is a hypocrite and does not deserve to make decisions about others' lives.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Apr 4, 2013 1:16:20 PM

  12. It's not surprising the state will sue to block this local ordinance. The AZ law has already been challenged and failed at the state appellate level.

    It doesn't make it any less reprehensible, but, I'm sure most of the states would do the same thing.

    Overturning these laws will of course hinge on the SCOTUS decision and once we have more days in court, these laws will begin to fall state by state.

    Posted by: HirsuteHeuristics | Apr 4, 2013 1:57:09 PM

  13. Bisbee, and maybe Tempe? Even more conservative areas like Arizona are slowly starting to change.

    Posted by: | Apr 4, 2013 2:13:20 PM

  14. Public speakers at these public meetings tend to be insane (to put it bluntly). Nice to see the gay couple standing out from the crowd. However, they are surrounded by the unemployable and retired types that fill these meetings with nonsense. Even the most innocuous meetings are filled with "trolls" that claim the recycling program is "targeting them" and water fluoridation is a "govt. conspiracy".

    Posted by: anon | Apr 4, 2013 2:19:26 PM

  15. @noteasilyoffended: Thanks for all the detailed information on Horne's legal and ethical misconduct. I'm pretty cynical about the behavior of both politicians and investment bankers. But the gaul of this guy to even be any state's attorney general, let alone his weighing in on what Bisbee has done, astonishes even a cynic like me.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Apr 4, 2013 2:48:09 PM

  16. @noteasilyoffended: Thanks for all the detailed information on Horne's legal and ethical misconduct. I'm pretty cynical about the behavior of both politicians and investment bankers. But the gaul of this guy to even be any state's attorney general, let alone his weighing in on what Bisbee has done, astonishes even a cynic like me.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Apr 4, 2013 2:48:10 PM

  17. Good for them. That took guts. I feel so proud of them.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Apr 4, 2013 6:06:23 PM

  18. Tom Horne--adulterer and crook. Typical right wing rethuglican trash.

    Posted by: Chicklets | Apr 4, 2013 7:50:23 PM

  19. Arizona tried to ban gay marriage and gay civil unions in 2006 - it failed. They did ban gay marriage in 2008. Seems to me the state AG has absolutely no case here because Arizona has not banned civil unions.

    Posted by: DN | Apr 4, 2013 7:59:51 PM

  20. The two men in question are some of the kindest people on the planet. For them to have to hear the trash spewed at them during that meeting by hateful bigots had to be terrible.
    As a former resident of Bisbee I have to say - love is worth fighting for and I am so proud of you all!

    Posted by: BZB | Apr 4, 2013 10:16:51 PM

  21. I applaud that couple and everyone cheering in that room. So well-spoken. This was perfect, boys. You couldn't have said it better.

    Posted by: Marc | Apr 5, 2013 3:10:18 AM

  22. noteasilyoffended, here's my dumb question for the day: reading the very informative items you have posted about Tom Horne, then how in the hell did Horne become AG of AZ?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 5, 2013 10:31:34 AM

  23. @ jamal49: I guess you'd have to ask the citizens of AZ. Are you surprised? I've always said that AZ could join all the other states that begin with the letter "A" and form their own religiously-based country. Hell, we should give them Alaska and they can all move there to begin their new conservative lives. It'd be interesting to see how long it would take for them to eat their own.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Apr 5, 2013 10:43:58 AM

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