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California inmates permitted benefits of same sex marriage law

California prison officials opened the doors to allow inmates to marry people of the same sex under a certain set of circumstances. The decision comes on the heels of the United States Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriages legal again in California. The director of prisons in California issued a memo stating that this court decision applies to people in the penal system.

California was the first state to permit conjugal visits between people who were in same-sex domestic partnerships. Prisoners will not be able to marry other inmates of the same sex. The director of prisons advised this would cause a security threat within the prison system.

The same general rules that exist regarding marriage between persons of an opposite sex are expected to be applied in regard to same-sex marriages. These rules include a process through which an inmate can garner permission to marry in the first instance.

A California family law attorney may assist a person involved in a same-sex couple in a number of ways. For example, they can assist with issues involving marriage, divorce and adoption. A family law attorney may be called upon to deal with multiple issues now that California once again can grant marriage license to same-sex couple. For example, a couple may need assistance with both marriage and adoption issues at the same time. An attorney may also be of assistance with a person who desires to marriage an incarcerated person of the same sex under the new rules established by the state's department of corrections.

Source: KPIX, "California Clears Same-Sex Weddings For Prison Inmates", September 03, 2013

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