Since the Supreme Court ruling in 2015 which nationalized same sex marriage, many who have advocated for marriage to legally be restricted to one man and one woman have pushed to have the government become removed from marriage.
Even prior to then, many libertarians and those who lean libertarian, have believed the government should not be involved in determining who is eligible for a marriage. Rather than offer marriage contracts, these people typically would argue that the role of government is simple to acknowledge one’s right to contract.
Today, the Alabama Senate passed a measure which would make this change. No longer would individuals seeking marriage licenses, regardless of who the couple is, have to go to the government for authorization. Already in Alabama, there have been a number of probate judges who have already discontinued the offering of marriage licenses.
There are eight separate counties in Alabama where the probate judges stopped offering the licenses, that was as of this past October. By making this change, a couple would have the ability to submit a notarized affidavit assuring that they have the ability to submit and consent to the contract. However, they still are not allowed to be related.
The measure was introduced by State Senator Greg Albritton. It has now passed the Senate and will move on to the House. This came in a 22-6 vote, it appears highly unlikely that it will face issues in either the House or being signed by Republican Governor Robert Bentley.
What do you think? Is this a good idea for states to stop issuing marriage licenses? Was the 2015 Supreme Court ruling a correct one to make? Let HYPELINE News know what you think in the comments!