Lisa Leane Graham

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As Alabama wrestles over the issue of same-sex marriage, state lawmakers are getting involved.

They are seeking legal protections for judges, ministers and others who refuse to officiate at or recognize weddings that violate their religious beliefs.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 9-4 Thursday to approve the bill.

Republican Rep. Jim Hill said he has gotten phone calls from ministers and probate judges who are concerned they will be forced to marry gay couples.