An Alabama Senate committee has
approved a bill that seeks to get the state out of issuing marriage
According to the
AP, the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee on
Monday approved the bill.
Republican Representative Greg
Albritton introduced his proposal before the Supreme Court struck
down gay marriage bans in all 50 states. It cleared the Senate but
was shut down in the House.
He predicted at the time that without
his legislation chaos would follow if the high court ruled that gay
couples have a constitutional right to marry.
Albritton's bill replaces the marriage
license with a contract, effectively taking Alabama probate judges
out of the wedding license business.
Last month, the Campaign for Southern
Equality (CSE), an LGBT rights group, said that thirteen Alabama
counties have stopped issuing marriage licenses rather than serve gay
and lesbian couples.