Same Sex Marriage Guidelines Being Developed For Prisons

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The rules for same sex marriages in California’s prisons will be the same as those for heterosexual couples.  State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Spokeswoman Michele Kane says inmates are allowed to get married—except to other inmates. Kane says that’s to prevent intimidation. 

 “Prisoners found out to have money or other assets might find themselves coerced into marriages with more powerful inmates who then might try to lay claim to half of their net worth…”
 The new guidelines for same sex couples are expected to be finalized into formal policy and implemented within a month. They come as a result of a court ruling last spring.  Kane says she knows of three requests for same sex marriages at the California Institute for Women in Corona. Last year California became the first state to offer overnight visits for same sex couples who are registered as domestic partners.