The beginning of the end for marriage licenses?

In Alabama, a bank notary can now legalize a marriage

Homosexual marriage is not only destroying the sanctity of marriage between a husband and wife…but it’s destroying licensed marriages as well.

Now, a license to be married is no longer needed in Alabama. Couples only need a notarized piece of paper saying they meet the legal requirements of marriage.

The Alabama law, signed by Gov. Kay Ivey in June, was passed because many probate judges in the state did not want to sign same-sex marriage licenses.

The law’s sponsor, Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Range), said, “I’m trying to find a path that’s legal and has the least effect with the greatest amount of benefit. And I think I found that.”

So how does this marriage procedure work?

Attorney Amanda Brown with Birmingham Men’s Law Fir Firm explained it to WBRC.

“Alabama is no longer issuing marriage licenses. They’re doing an application for certificate of marriage,” says Brown.

These certificates of marriage can be obtained at the Probate court, or even printed from their website. The couple in question just needs to sign it and get it notarized.

“You can take it anywhere, banks have them, attorney’s offices have them and the fees are very small, $5-10.”

Making the process extremely easy for anyone in the state—especially same-sex couples.

“Some judges or some counties were not issuing licenses to same-sex marriages and that was where this originated,” explained Brown.

No ceremony required either. Alabama is the only state with this change. So we wondered, if a couple from Georgia, Tennessee, or Mississippi came to Alabama to get married would that other state recognize their marriage? Or would it cause more headache when it came to making changes to legal documents?

“Yes, it will be, under the full faith and credit clause of the constitution, they have to recognize it. Just like with driver’s licenses, they recognize them in other states.”

Brown believes more people will come to Alabama just for the ease of getting a certificate of marriage. She’s not sure, though if this will catch on in other states.


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