MONTGOMERY, Ala. (April 20, 2017) – Yesterday, an Alabama House committee passed a bill that would abolish marriage licenses in the state, and effectively nullify in practice both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage.
Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette) filed Senate Bill 20 (SB20) in February. The legislation would abolish all requirements to obtain a marriage license in Alabama. Instead, probate judges would simply record civil contracts of marriage between two individuals based on signed affidavits.
“All requirements to obtain a marriage license by the State of Alabama are hereby abolished and repealed. The requirement of a ceremony of marriage to solemnized the marriage is abolished.”
The House Judiciary Committee approved SB20 10-4 along party lines with some technical amendments. The Senate approved SB20 by a 22-6 vote last month.
The proposed law would maintain a few state requirements governing marriage. Minors ...