LWVAL Action Priority Level III - Issues identified by LWVAL Advocacy Committee and/or State Board or Local Leagues. Monitoring occurs; action dependent on opportunity and available resources.
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LWVAL has taken a position on these bills:
SB143 - Marriage, contract for, recording by judge of probate, transmission to Vital Statistics office, content of contract, Secs. 30-1-9, 30-1-10, 30-1-11, 30-1-14 repealed; Secs. 22-9A-17, 30-1-5, 30-1-12, 30-1-13, 30-1-16 am'd.
Sponsor(s): Senator Albritton
Summary/Synopsis: This bill would replace a state-issued marriage license with a form simply filed by the parties to the marriage.
League Action and Justification: Oppose This is another attempt to get around the issue of the state issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Bill Progress in Legislature: Senate Action:
02/03/2016: First Reading and referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary (JUD). 03/03/2016: 2ND Read and placed on the calendar with 1 Substitute; pending 3rd Read and Favorable from JUD with 1 Substitute (174114-3); JUD 1st Substitute Offered
03/15/2016: 3rd Reading passed; Judiciary first Substitute Offered; Albritton motion to Adopt adopted by Roll Call; Motion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted by Roll Call; Engrossed
04/20/2016: 2nd Read and placed on the Calendar with 1 Substitute (177141-5); pending 3rd Read and Favorable from JUD with 1 Substitute.
HB158 - Child Care Provider Inclusion Act, established, state prohibited from discriminating against child care service providers under certain conditions, civil remedies, provided for
Sponsor(s): Representative Wingo
Summary/Synopsis: This would prohibit the state from discriminating against or refusing to license a provider of child care services on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child care service or carry out an activity that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the provider; and to provide for civil remedies. These child care services include foster care placement and adoption services.
League Action and Justification: Oppose This is yet another attempt to sanction violation of the law in the name of religion. It would permit discrimination against same-sex couples in their efforts to adopt or foster children.