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California prisons to allow inmates to marry same-gender partners

California inmates are eligible to marry non-incarcerated partners of the same sex, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation memo addressing questions arising from a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Proposition 8.

Inmates will not, however, be permitted "at this time" to marry another inmate, in part due to "safety concerns," according to the memo.

The office of Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, distributed the memo. Ammiano's office said in a media release that some prisons had interpreted the law in a way that barred inmates from marrying same-sex partners, prompting a legislative inquiry and the ensuing memo.

"Inmates have the same legal right to marry as those who are not inmates," said Bill Sessa, a spokesman for the state corrections department. "The memo clarifies the policy we already had."

To read the memo, click HERE.