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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

It is almost ten years since the murder of my husband Travis Leon Hempstead. He was taken from us forever. I wonder if Feuy Saelee and Anousone are still married. How is their marriage more sacared than taking the life of my husband, my best friend, my hommie. I'm sitting here in my bedroom listening to the rain, continuing to feel the pain of losing my husband. My life has not been the same since that fatal day. I miss him so much. He had his suitcases packed to come see us, he never made it. My children miss him. Travis was the only father they knew. He was not their biological father but, he is the one they called dad. Travis was a loving man. He married me with five children and he loved them so much. Travis lost his life over bread!
Seena Hempstead

Posted by: Seena Hempstead | Jan 26, 2015 10:45:43 PM

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