A state legislator has proposed amending the constitution to prevent courts from making gay marriages legal in Alabama.
Rep. Gerald Allen, a Republican representing Tuscaloosa, says he pre-filed the proposal in the Legislature Thursday.
Allen is proposing the amendment in response to a Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling, mandating that the Legislature in that state approve a system for marriages between gay couples.
Governor Bob Riley has not commented on Allen's proposal. But his spokesman said Riley disagrees with the Massachusetts court ruling.
If Allen's bill passes the Legislature, it would have to be approved by Alabama voters.