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Jun 15, 2013 8:23 PM by Erika Flores

Town of Bisbee celebrates equality

TUCSON-The town of Bisbee is celebrating equality this weekend.

Thousands attended the annual pride festival Saturday.

This year's celebration comes after council members approved a civil union ordinance.

It's the first Bisbee Pride event since the civil union ordinance passed, and the streets are full of booths and people from all over here to celebrate.

Rainbow flags displayed throughout the town of Bisbee, a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride, and a parade full of messages for equality.

But this town has shown pride with more than just a flag or a parade.

The passing of a civil union ordinance sends a big message.

"We know that this is the first step towards total equality, so it's really exciting and groundbreaking," said Nancy Cron, from Phoenix.

But there are plenty against this ordinance some opponents even calling for a recall of the mayor and council who voted for it.

"I'm not going to concern myself with it at all. Let them do what they'd like to do and I too will just continue on with business as usual," said Councilman Gene Conners.

Mayor Adriana Badal tells News 4 Tucson since passing the ordinance, there have been more tourists here, and the pride event is 20 to 30 percent larger than its been in the past.

The city just hopes tourism will continue to grow and that this is just one great example of that.

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