[Rushtalk] Alabama outmanouvers the SCOTUS

Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Tue Oct 20 08:04:45 MDT 2015


Alabama Moves to Eliminate Marriage Licenses

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By Greg Richter   |    Tuesday, 15 Sep 2015 07:23 PM 













As the same-sex marriage debate rages in conservative states, Alabama is
getting closer to its own solution: stop issuing marriage licenses
altogether.

A bill moving through the legislature would do just that, MailScanner
has detected a possible fraud attempt from "www.al.com" claiming to
beAL.com reports. It wouldn't force Alabamians to "live in sin," but
rather would allow them to declare themselves married without having to
get the approval of county officials.

Instead of issuing marriage licenses, couples would simply fill out
marriage contracts – be they same-sex or opposite sex – that probate
judges in the state would then file in the state's official records.

The legislature is currently in special session to tackle its budget
crisis. Since the marriage contract bill was not designated by the
governor a reason for the special session, the bill would require a
two-thirds vote to pass.

Gay rights groups and the American Civil Liberties Union still oppose
the bill, calling it a "ham-handed solution in search of a non-existent
problem," MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from
"reason.com" claiming to beReason.com reports. 

"Apparently now that they've won, they forgot why the entire marriage
battle happened in the first place," Reason's Scott Shackford wrote. "
That's what actual liberty looks like — you telling the government that
you're married, not the other way around." 


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