Alabama designs new marriage license to accommodate gay unions

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A sample image of Alabama's new marriage license. (Courtesy: Alabama Department of Public Health)
A sample image of Alabama’s new marriage license. (Courtesy: Alabama Department of Public Health)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s health department has designed new marriage license forms to accommodate same-sex weddings that are expected to begin Monday.

The Alabama Department of Public Health sent the form Thursday to probate judges across the state. The form has two spaces that read spouse, instead of separate listings for bride and groom. The form also has boxes to list the gender of each spouse.

A federal judge last month overturned Alabama’s gay marriage ban. Same-sex weddings are expected to begin Monday unless the U.S. Supreme Court grants Alabama’s request to put the ruling on hold.

Catherine Molchan Donald, director of the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, says department staff looked at forms in other states before coming up with a license form that could be used for all marriages.


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