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Alabama

Complete Current Statute Language

Alabama Statutes Act 98500, 1, 2. Marriage, recognition thereof, between persons of the same sex prohibited. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the "Alabama Marriage Protection Act." (b) Marriage is inherently a unique relationship between a man and a woman. As a matter of public policy, this state has a special interest in encouraging, supporting, and protecting the unique relationship in order to promote, among other goals, the stability and welfare of society and its children. A marriage contracted between individuals of the same sex is invalid in this state. (c) Marriage is a sacred covenant, solemnized between a man and a woman, which, when the legal capacity and consent of both parties is present, establishes their relationship as husband and wife, and which is recognized by the state as a civil contract. (d) No marriage license shall be issued in the State of Alabama to parties of the same sex. (e) The State of Alabama shall not recognize as valid any marriage of parties of the same sex that occurred or was alleged to have occurred as a result of the law of any jurisdiction regardless of whether a marriage license was issued.

Current Legislative Activity

bulletA constitutional amendment to define marriage between a man and a woman was proposed, but the legislature adjourned May 17, 2004 without having a final vote on the measure.
bulletA non-binding resolution was passed urging Congress to pass a federal marriage amendment.

 

Alaska

Complete Current Statute Language

Alaska Constitution. Section 1. Article I, Section 25. Marriage. To be valid or recognized in this State, a marriage may exist only between one man and one woman.

Current Legislative Activity

No current legislative activity

 

Arizona

Complete Current Statute Language

Arizona Revised Statutes 25-101: Void and prohibited marriages: Marriage between persons of the same sex is void and prohibited. 25-112. Marriages contracted in another state; validity and effect A. Marriages valid by the laws of the place where contracted are valid in this state, except marriages that are void and prohibited by 25-101.

Current Legislative Activity

bulletProposed constitutional amendment to define marriage between a man and a woman failed.
bulletProposed non-binding resolution to urge Congress to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment failed.

 

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