Alabama is one step closer to the elimination of marriage licenses.
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, voting straight down party lines, moved forward a bill that would abolish the licenses. The bill, which has already passed the Senate, now goes to the full House for approval.
It did not go without criticism.
Reps. Merika Coleman and Juandalynn Givan spent several minutes grilling the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Greg Albritton, and pointing out the flaws of the bill. Their primary complaint was easy to identify: the bill potentially creates a number of problems for State citizens while actually changing almost nothing.
Under Albritton’s bill, while the new form would be called a “marriage certificate” instead of a “marriage license,” it would still be recorded by the probate office and the people getting married would still receive a copy of the certificate.