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Alabama Amendment 774

The Amendment 774 of 2006, also known as Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment, is an amendment to the Alabama Constitution that makes it unconstitutional for the state to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. The referendum was approved by 81% of the voters.[1]

The text of the amendment states:

(a) This amendment shall be known and may be cited as the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment.
(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 this 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.
(f) The State of Alabama shall not recognize as valid any common law marriage of parties of the same sex.
(g) A union replicating marriage of or between persons of the same sex in the State of Alabama or in any other jurisdiction shall be considered and treated in all respects as having no legal force or effect in this state and shall not be recognized by this state as a marriage or other union replicating marriage.[2]

2006 election results

Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment
Yes or no Votes Percentage
Yes 697,591 81%
No 161,694 19%
Total votes 859,285 100% precincts

See also

References

  1. ^ DOMAwatch.org - Alabama Alliance Defense Fund. 2006. Accessed 06 January 2007.
  2. ^ "AMENDMENT 774 RATIFIED", Alabama State Legislature. Accessed 06 January 2006.

External links

  • The Money Behind the 2006 Marriage Amendments - National Institute on Money in State Politics


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