MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — A bill to end marriage licenses in Alabama has now received total approval from the State Legislature.
The bill passed the State House with a vote of 67 to 26 after winning a 26 to zero vote in the Senate.
The bill would have couples file an affidavit that probate judges would record as part of a marriage document.
The House bill sponsor Matt Simpson, R-Mobile. said this would get the state out of the marriage license business.
“This is revenue neutral,” Simpson said. “It will not change fees. It just makes it to where two people can come into the courthouse and file their marriage and receive their marriage certificate and be recognized in Alabama.”
A few Alabama probate judges for years have refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone, so they do not have to give them to gay couples.
The bill now heads to the governor for her signature.