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.