Recall that the town of Bisbee established a Civil Union ordinance that it claimed would only apply within the town limits. Unfortunately, the town used a bill that failed in the Legislature as a model, so the ordinance purported to change various state laws affecting community property, inheritance and insurance. It should be obvious that a city ordinance doesn't trump a state statute and AG Tom Horne wrote Bisbee a letter saying that it needed to remove the reference to statute.
Bisbee attorneys brought in an lawyer from the Lambda legal defence and education fund and after consultation decided to remove the references to state statutes.
Here's how the Associated Press described the changes.
A groundbreaking civil union ordinance in the southern Arizona city of Bisbee will lose much of its punch after Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne on Monday said he’s reached an agreement in principle on changes that will remove his opposition and a threat to sue to block it from taking effect.
I think that's a fair description.
Now read Republic Columnist EJ Montini's description of the events.
The little town in southeast Arizona did what no other town in Arizona dared to do.
And didn’t waver.
And didn’t shrink under threats of lawsuits.
Montini's account is pure fiction. The town made the changes that Horne wanted and according to the AP the ordinance will lose much of its "punch." After the town made the changes that Horne sought, he agreed not to sue.
Now read Montini's description again. That's not opinion, it's pure fiction.