An Alabama House committee on Thursday killed a bill that sought to get the state out of issuing marriage licenses.

According to, the House Judiciary Committee voted 8-3 against advancing the bill to the House floor. The legislation cleared the Senate last month.

Republican Rep. Greg Albritton explained that under his bill a marriage contract replaced the license and that couples would not be obligated to participate in a marriage ceremony.

Albritton predicted that without his legislation chaos would follow if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage later this month.

“My goal is to protect the state,” he said.

Rep. Chris England, a Democrat on the committee, said that the bill wouldn't change anything.

“The core of the issue is going to remain the same,” he said. “It is still going to be chaos. I think chaos should evolve from the Supreme Court decision.”

“I think this needs more thought,” said Republican Rep. Mike Ball, another committee member.