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