Alabama State Senator Del Marsh, a Republican, recently voiced his concern about the high cost of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Barring intervention from an appeals court or the Supreme Court, a federal judge's rulings striking down Alabama's ban on gay marriage will take effect on Monday, February 9, making Alabama the 37th state, plus the District of Columbia, where gay couples can marry.

During a radio appearance, Marsh suggested that its legalization could become a financial burden.

“You gotta look at the financial aspect of it,” Marsh said during an appearance on WVNN in Athens. “Let's face it. If gay marriage is approved, I assume that those types of unions, those people would be entitled to Social Security benefits, insurance. Where does it end?”

“I wonder if the federal government is looking at the actual cost to the government when they look at an issue like this,” he added.