The legislation may have lacked any real inspiration, but the silver lining is rather quite funny:
Legislation that would take the state of Alabama out of the business of issuing marriage licenses died in the House of Representatives committee today.
“This bill does not destroy marriage,” Rep. Greg Albritton, R- Bay Minette, said. “This bill does not denigrate marriage. This bill doesn’t desanctify marriage because the state cannot sanctify marriage” ....
.... Albritton said the bill would simply substitute the license for a marriage contract that would be filed in the probate office and would take away the requirement for a marriage ceremony.
It was an attempt to prevent chaos from ensuing if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage this summer, he said.
“My goal is not to protect a group,” Albritton said. “My goal is to protect the state.”
Yes … protecting the state. From what, exactly?
This is the problem: When they said human rights for homosexuals threatened civilized society, we should have paid more attention in order to recognize what they meant: If homosexuals get human rights, conservatives will set about trying to destroy civilized society.
Prevent chaos from ensuing? But whence comes the chaos? This seems a little bit like preventing a bank robbery by giving the money to the thieves before they walk in.
Image note: “Now why was that?” Mamimi searches for an answer, under the bridge in Mabase. (Detail of frames from FLCL episode 1, “Fooly Cooly”.)
Edgemon, Erin. “Legislation that would get Alabama out of the marriage license business dies”. AL.com. 3 June 2015.