The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would stop requiring probate judges to sign marriage licenses.
The bill comes as a few probate judges in the state continue to refuse to issue marriage licenses to anyone so they do not have to issue them to same-sex couples.
Senators voted 22-6 for the bill yesterday. The measure now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives.
Instead of a license signed by the probate judge, Republican Senator Greg Albritton's bill would require couples to file a form and affidavit with the probate judge to record their marriages.
Similar legislation failed to win final approval in the last two legislative sessions.