This bill would eliminate marriage licenses and the requirement of a ceremony in Alabama. Couples would instead submit documents to the probate judge. It reportedly would not affect any other aspects of marriage such as divorce proceedings or child custody.
Because the bill does not target same-sex couples but treats all couples in the same manner, the ACLU of Alabama does not have a position on this bill.
It passed in the Senate with a 19-1 vote. It moved to the House Judiciary Committee, who approved the bill with a 9-5 vote. They have also offered an amendment to the bill.
Bill to end marriage licenses in Alabama moves closer to passing (AL.com)
Bill to end marriage licenses in Alabama advances (Montgomery Advertiser)
Bill to eliminate marriage licenses moving quickly in the Alabama Legislature (AL.com)
Alabama Senate passes bill to eliminate marriage licenses (AL.com)
Senators vote nearly unanimously to do away with marriage licenses (Alabama Political Reporter)