This will put to an end a government lawsuit over the requirement of an evidence of a lawful US immigration status for obtaining marriage licenses in the US.
Changed Alabama marriage license policy—This is certainly welcoming news for a large number of immigrants in Alabama County.
As per the details, Alabama County will not require any evidence from immigrants of their immigration status for marriage license. Earlier, the Montgomery County Probate Office had changes the rules this summer by putting to an end the consideration of US immigration status.
Immigrants in Alabama County will not need to provide any proof of their US immigration status for the purposes of marriage license, the new rules state.
The new guidelines for changed Alabama marriage license rules were announced earlier this week.
The new rules clearly mention that no discretion is available to probate judges with regard to issuance of marriage licenses adding that the licenses will be issued by the county in strict compliance with as well as legally required under the laws of Alabama.
The SPLC maintained that the Tallapoosa Probate Office has introduced a change in the marriage license application guidelines this week.
Equal treatment for all--Speaking about the new rules, Sam Brooke, lawyer of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) stated that the new guidelines are indeed a welcoming step towards ensuring an equal treatment for all under the US laws.
The right to marry is deemed by the courts as a fundamental right and it can and should be allowed to be done by anyone, Brooke informed, who is also a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs.
So, for seeking a marriage license, the issue of immigration status, national origin, the language spoken by them or the race does not make any difference at all, he further maintained.
It may be worth mentioned that a federal judge was asked by the SPLC for dismissing the petitions against the two counties due to new rules. Requirement of immigration status proof violated the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, said Julie Doe and Jonathon Doe suing Gloria Sinclair, former Tallapoosa County Probate Judge last year.
And the Probate Judge Leon Archer(who succeeded Sinclair following the elections during November 2012) changed the rules by withdrawing the need for proving US lawful immigration status.