In November, Clarkdale became the fifth municipality in the State to adopt a Civil Union Code when the Town Council voted unanimously on the subject. The ordinance went into effect on Dec. 12 and Clarkdale Town Clerk Kathy Bainbridge received an application and issued Clarkdale's first Civil Union Registration on Dec. 18. The Town's first registered Civil Union couple is quite familiar with Clarkdale's procedures for Civil Unions. Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig and his partner, Rebecca O'Banion, have lived in their Clarkdale home together for 12 years. At the time the ordinance was adopted, Mayor Von Gausig said, "Clarkdale is proud to join the growing list of communities that recognize that all people should be treated equally." Following the issuance of their Civil Union Certificate, Ms. O'Banion said, "A loving commitment is personal and can take many forms. Clarkdale's civil union code fills in the missing legal piece in our personal life commitment to each other." Mayor Von Gausig added, "We have enjoyed a loving relationship for more than 20 years, and we're thrilled that now we can enjoy some of the important rights formerly reserved for those who have chosen to marry. Clarkdale's Civil Union process is a wonderful way to ensure our rights as a couple are protected and honored" Couples who are interested in registering a Civil Union in Clarkdale will find the forms at the Town Clerk's office or on the Town's website (www.clarkdale.az.gov). The Clarkdale Town Clerk's office is located at 39 N. Ninth Street in Clarkdale, and is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon.
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