MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a bill to abolish judge-signed marriage licenses as some conservative probate judges continue to object to giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Senators approved the bill Thursday on a 26-0 vote. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives.
Under the bill, couples would still get a form at the local courthouse to get married, but it would not be called a license.
A few Alabama probate judges for years have refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone so they do not have to give them to gay couples.