Alabama Sanctity of Marriage, Constitutional Amendment 774 (June 2006)

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The Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment, or Constitutional Amendment 774, appeared on the June 6, 2006 primary election ballot in Alabama as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure was proposed to define marriage in the state as between one man and one woman.

Election results

Sanctity of Marriage
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 697,591 81.2%
No161,69418.8%

Text of the amendment

(a) This amendment shall be known and may be cited as the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment.[1]

(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.

Changes to the Alabama Constitution

The passing of Alabama Sanctity of Marriage, Constitutional Amendment 774 added Amendment 774 to the Alabama Constitution.

Key facts

The passage of the amendment made Alabama the 20th state to adopt a constitutional marriage amendment.

The amendment won in every county.[2]

It became the 774th amendment to the Alabama Constitution.[3]

Campaign contributions

  • According to reports, no money was spent for the campaign either for or against the measure leading up to the election.[4]

Similar measures

The following are measures that banned or attempted to ban same-sex marriages. Note that a number of them have been overturned.

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