Alabama: First State to Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses?

Craig HueyChurch, Culture, Current Events5 Comments

Alabama is one step closer to eliminating marriage licenses…


To protect Christians, pastors and churches from lawsuits and legal attacks.

After the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, some Alabama probate judges refused to issue any marriage licenses at all – so they wouldn’t violate either their religious beliefs or the law.

The Alabama Supreme Court approved of this tactic.

Now – as a permanent remedy – the Alabama State Senate has approved a bill that would eliminate all marriage licenses and the state requirement for a marriage ceremony.

The bill must now be approved by the Alabama House and signed by the governor.

The purpose of the bill is to separate the church and the state with respect to marriage.

Greg Albritton, the sponsor of the bill, explains: “The state has an obligation to deal with marriage when it deals with the matter of contract law. The church and the individuals have the obligation of marriage when it comes to the sanctity and solemnity and the permanence of marriage. Those things are separate here.”

If signed into law, the bill will eliminate marriage licenses and instead require couples to submit an affidavit stating:

  • They have gotten married
  • They are either over the age of 18, or have parental consent if over 16 but under 18
  • They are not married to anyone else
  • They are not related by blood or adoption

It’s expected that wedding ceremonies, while no longer required, will still take place under the new law … in accordance with the couples’ religious convictions.

I’ve said for many years that the government should never have issued marriage licenses … Marriage is a sacred church ceremony.


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5 Comments on “Alabama: First State to Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses?”

  1. Well, back in the day when marriage was deeply connected to bearing and raising children, the state had a vested interest in supporting married couples in bringing up good, future citizens. But now that the state treats marriage as just something two people do for their own pleasure with no obligations or need for permanency, why would they need to be involved at all? Alabama has responded rationally to an irrational definition of marriage.

  2. Marriage licenses were instituted to raise money and gain control by the government. Starting in England in the 1700s and in the 1900s in the US. Marriage prior to that was through the church or between families.

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