Same Sex Marriage

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A proposed constitutional amendment that would outlaw same-sex marriages in Alabama is a step closer to final passage in the state Legislature.

The House and Senate have both passed versions of the amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman last week. The House Constitution and Elections Committee Wednesday passed the amendment. The issue could come back up in the House and Senate next week for final passage.

Supporters of the amendment have said it's important to have the language in the constitution and not just in state code.

Banning same-sex marriage may not be the only issue on the ballot.

The same House committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment yesterday to allow the posting of the Ten Commandments in schools and public buildings.

A similar amendment was also approved by a Senate Committee. If it passes the Legislature, that amendment would also be voted on in the next special election or in the 2006 primary.