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Alabama: House Committee Votes Down Attempt To Abolish Marriage Licenses For The Whole State

The Alabama legislature’s attempt to do some kind of “end run” around a possible nationwide marriage equality victory at SCOTUS has died in a House committee vote.

The legislation would attempt to do away with state-issued marriage licenses and be replaced by “contracts.”

From LGBTQ Nation:

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted down a bill that would abolish the requirement that couples obtain a marriage license from a probate judge before their wedding.

Instead, couples would have had to bring in a signed marriage contract witnessed by a minister, lawyer or other authorized person and file it with the probate office.

Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Range said the intent of his bill was to avoid chaos over the issuance of the licenses.

Opposed committee members said they were hesitant to make such a major change to state marriage law.

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