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 below. 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."
Here is the memo:
PHOTO: Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, leads the Pledge of Allegiance during the LGBT Pride Month Celebration at the Assembly floor in this 2010 file photo. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua
Editor's note: This post was updated at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday to reflect comments from Bill Sessa of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.