State of Alabama

Alabama is a state in the Southeastern region of the United States, bordered by Tennessee to the north; Georgia to the east; Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south; and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th largest by area and the 24th-most populous of the U.S. states. With a total of 1,500 miles of inland waterways, Alabama has among the most of any state.

Alabama is nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, after the state bird. Alabama is also known as the “Heart of Dixie” and the “Cotton State”. The state tree is the longleaf pine, and the state flower is the camellia. Alabama’s capital is Montgomery, and its largest city by population and area is Huntsville. Its oldest city is Mobile, founded by French colonists in 1702 as the capital of French Louisiana.Greater Birmingham is Alabama’s largest metropolitan area and its economic center.

The state’s geography is diverse, with the north dominated by the mountainous Tennessee Valley and the south by Mobile Bay, a historically significant port. Politically, as part of the Deep South, Alabama is now a predominantly conservative state, and it is known for its Southern culture. Today, American football, particularly at the college level at schools like Auburn University, the University of Alabama, Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Troy University, the University of South Alabama, and Jacksonville State University is a major part of the state’s culture.

Originally home to many native tribes, present-day Alabama was a Spanish territory beginning in the sixteenth century until the French acquired it in the early eighteenth century. The British won the territory in 1763 until losing it in the American Revolutionary War. Spain held Mobile as part of Spanish West Florida until 1813. In December 1819, Alabama was recognized as a state. During the antebellum period, Alabama was a major producer of cotton, and widely used African American slave labor. In 1861, the state seceded from the United States to become part of the Confederate States of America, with Montgomery acting as its first capital, and rejoined the Union in 1868.

From the American Civil War until World War II, Alabama suffered economic hardship, in part because of its continued dependence on few agricultural cash crops. Similar to other former slave states, Alabamian legislators employed Jim Crow laws to disenfranchise and discriminate against African Americans from the end of the Reconstruction Era up until the 1960s. Despite the growth of major industries and urban centers, white rural interests dominated the state legislature from 1901 to the 1960s. During this time, urban interests and African Americans were markedly under-represented. High-profile events such as the Selma to Montgomery march made the state a major focal point of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Following World War II, Alabama grew as the state’s economy diversified. The state’s economy in the 21st century is based on management, automotive, finance, manufacturing, aerospace, mineral extraction, healthcare, education, retail, and technology.

State flower: Camelia

Weddings in Alabama

Requirements

    • Tests: No blood test or physical exam is required.
    • Residency: Residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply for a marriage license.
    • Age: Both parties must be 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be required to show proof of age. EXCEPTION: Persons who are less than 18 years of age and who are members of the armed forces of the United States while on active duty will not be required to provide parental consent. Military papers will be required to show proof of active duty status. Persons ages 16 and 17 must submit a parental consent form signed by both parents with their application. If one parent is the sole custodian of the minor, a divorce decree stating custody rights or a death certificate must be presented as well. Alaska law does not permit those under the age of 16 to marry without a court order.
    • Location: An Alabama marriage license is valid only for marriages performed in Alabama.
    • Waiting Period: There is no waiting period in Alabama except after being divorced. Then there is a 60 day waiting period after your divorce is final. Non-residents who want to be married by a county marriage official may have to wait three days
    • License Expiration: Marriage Certificate is valid for 30 days from the date of being signed. The effective date of the marriage is the latter of the dates of the signature of the spouses
    • Marriage by Proxy: Proxy marriages (where someone stands in for the other party) are not permitted in Alabama. The two parties must be present before the two witnesses and the Officiant in order for the ceremony to be performed.
    • Divorced Applicants: You must wait sixty (60) days after your divorce decree is ordered before you can get re-married or the new marriage may not be recognized by the State of Alabama. You can get married again after the sixty day post-divorce period has passed.

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