State lawmakers vote to end marriage requirements including license and ceremony

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In an apparent move to bypass concerns of judges who oppose gay marriage, Alabama legislators approved a major change to the state’s marriage records.

Members of the state House voted to end requirements for a license and ceremony before a judge can certify a wedding.

If the Alabama Senate agrees and Gov. Kay Ivey signs the measure into law, a judge will only be required to file an affidavit.

While the effort would treat all marriages the same under the law, some detractors say it gives bigoted officials a way around their biases.