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Bill To End Alabama Marriage Licenses Heads To Governor’s Desk

Written by on May 24, 2019

The House approved a Senate bill that would end marriage licenses in Alabama.

The bill now goes to Governor Kay Ivey. If she signs SB 69 into law, Alabama will officially be out of the marriage business. At least when it comes to a marriage license.

Sponsored by Greg Albritton (R-Range), SB 69 would change the process so that instead of needing a probate judge’s approval for marriage, couples would only have to register with the probate judge’s office. The probate judge would simply be filing paperwork, at that point.

The bill comes as several Alabama probate judges have refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone so that they do not have to give them to same-sex couples. Those probate judges made the changes shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in Obergfell v. Hodges.

The bill originated in the Senate where it passed overwhelmingly 26-0.

Senate SB 69 Final Vote


While the bill did not see any debate in the House, there was opposition in the form of no votes. The bill passed there 67-26 with 6 abstaining.

House SB 69 Final Vote


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