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September 1, 2008

Gay marriage debate in California goes to prison

I often tell my students that important public policy issues always have a criminal justice angle.  This AP article, headlined "Calif. Ponders Gay Marriage For Inmates: State's Corrections Department Drafting Guidelines To Conform To New Marriage Laws," proves that even debates over gay marriage are heading to prison:

Now that same-sex couples can get married in California, state prison officials are trying to figure out what that means for gay inmates.

No prisoners so far have sought to arrange weddings with same-sex partners since the state Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to wed as of mid-June, according to Michele Kane, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Nonetheless, department lawyers are drafting guidelines to bring the state's 33 adult prisons into compliance with the court's ruling that same-sex couples must be treated the same as opposite-sex couples under the California Constitution, Kane said.

What they have determined so far is that would mean allowing gay inmates to marry someone on the outside, but not a fellow prisoner — the same rules that apply to straight inmates, according to Kane. "They will have the same marriage rights as other inmates — they will be able to marry non-inmates, but barred from marrying other inmates in prison," she said.

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This does not seem fair to me. Gays are not bad people, well the ones in prison might be but you shouldn't hold it against them, well unless they like it held against them, anyway they should be allowed to legally marry.

Posted by: David Wilson | Dec 6, 2008 4:12:26 PM

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