The Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday to eliminate marriage licenses and allow probate judges to accept affidavits from couples as official records of marriage.
The requirement of a ceremony would be eliminated.I've often wondered why the state was in the marriage license business at all. Some say that it is a holdover from the Jim Crow laws, wherein people had to get the state's permission to marry. In my own non-politically correct mind, I've always believed that marriage is a sacred contract between one man and one woman, testified to before a congregation, and blessed by God. The state truly need not be involved. But, that's just me.
Some folks believe that marriage can be something else, and in today's modern age, that is legally acceptable.So be it. Still, I applaud Alabama's courage in expanding freedom.