The Arizona town of Jerome has joined the town of Bisbee to become only the second in the state to recognize the relationships of same-sex couples.
According to the Verde Independent no one even turned up to speak against the ordinance when the council voted to adopt it on July 30.
The ordinance was sponsored by Jerome Mayor Nikki Check and had its first reading July 9.
Under the ordinance couples will be able to register their relationships with town authorities for a fee of $73, and if they are local government employees they will then receive the same benefits of married opposite sex couples.
‘It's actually more of a statement than anything, but applies to anyone who works for the Town of Jerome,’ Check told the Verde Independent, adding that she would like to see a united move on the issue across the region.
‘It would mean quite a bit more if the collective Verde Valley put something through.’
Verde Valley also includes the townships of Sedona, Lake Montezuma, Cottonwood, Cornville, Clarkdale and Camp Verde.
The former mining town of Bisbee became the first Arizona town to buck the state’s ban on recognizing same-sex relationships in April, and charges same-sex couples the same fee that it charges opposite sex couples to register their marriages.
There have been efforts to allow civil unions in Arizona at a state level but a ballot initiative campaign that was seeking to put same-sex marriage to a popular vote in 2014 was suspended after a number of LGBT rights groups pulled their support because they believe the initiative will fail.
Like Bisbee, Jerome was also founded as a mining town and now houses an artistic community.