A state Senate committee has approved a bill to take Alabama probate judges out of the wedding license business.
APR’s Stan Ingold reports, this comes after many judges refused to follow the U.S Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
The Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee approved the bill to do away with state-issued marriage licenses. Instead, spouses would file a signed marriage contract at probate offices.
Several Alabama probate judges have shut down marriage license operations rather than give licenses to same-sex couples.