SACRAMENTO (AP) — California prison officials have confirmed that inmates can get married to someone of the same sex under certain conditions.
Michael Stainer, director of the adult institutions division for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, issued a memo on Friday stating that the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriages legal again in the state in June also applies to prisoners.READ MORE: One Crew Member Killed, Second Wounded After Alec Baldwin Discharges Prop Gun On Movie Set In New Mexico
But Stainer says gay or bisexual inmates will only be allowed to marry same-sex partners who are not incarcerated and only during prison ceremonies. He says marriages between two prisoners would raise too many security concerns.READ MORE: Alec Baldwin On Fatal Movie Set Shooting Of Director Of Photography Halyna Hutchins: ‘There Are No Words’
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said Monday that Steiner’s directive was prompted by an inquiry from his office.
In 2007, California became the first state to allow conjugal visits and overnight stays for inmates with same-sex domestic partners.MORE NEWS: Actress Frances Fisher Posts Tribute To Halyna Hutchins, Crewmember Killed In Prop Gun Shooting On Film Set
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