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July 9, 2006

Marriage is a sacred institution ... even for killers

As documented by this AP story, anyone keeping a list of all the benefits of marriage now needs to include a sentencing section:

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has postponed sentencing a man and woman convicted on homicide charges so the couple can get married. Relatives of the victim protested the delay. "This is not right," said Leona Lee, sister-in-law of 39-year-old Travis Hempstead, who was fatally shot last year after what investigators described as an argument over bread at a Togo restaurant in North Sacramento.

Feuy Saelee, 20, and Anousone Phongviseth, 22, pleaded guilty to the shooting.  Saelee, a Togo employee at the time, argued with Hempstead and then complained to Phongviseth about the incident, authorities said. Phongviseth shot Hempstead later that day while he was walking down the street.

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The related case of Turner v. Safley and its "fundamental rights" relevance to gay marriage was very hotly debated in the oral arguments of Hernandez v. Robles, the recent gay rights defeat in New York.

Posted by: KipEsquire | Jul 9, 2006 1:38:24 PM

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