Question Of The Week: Same Sex Marriage and Men in Prison

By OckyDub | Posted Jun 27 2013 | 14 Comments  
Prison overcrowding

Now that the Supreme Court has deemed DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) to be unconstitutional, do you think homosexual men in prison institutions should be allowed to marry each other in states where it’s legal?
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  1. PAPIMARCOVIBE | July 16th, 2013

    only for the sake that they would have the ability to have sex legally because all sex unless it is a visit by a married spouse is illegal.

  2. africanking | July 17th, 2013

    I say sure! Why not? But they more than likely won’t get the support of many men in a place LIKE PRISON!!!

    If a story breaks in the news about that, I will be VERY surprised that two men in prison would get married.

  3. TUC | July 17th, 2013

    Great question to pose, Ocky. I think it’s one of the federal statutes that need to be reviewed due to the SCOTUS decision on DOMA. At the very least, they should be able to be married in a federal penal institution located in a right to marry state!

  4. Coshamo | July 17th, 2013

    This is an excellent question. Of course this will have to be answered very soon. As is usually the case some inmate will challenge prison authorities as the law stands right now men can be divorce from and be married to the opposite sex while in prison. This is going to be interesting. A usual I wholeheartedly support men in prison being allowed to marry.

  5. over it | July 17th, 2013

    Forgive me for sounding ignorant but what would be the reason for them to get married? from my understanding even though homosexual sex is prevalent in the prison community, it’s still also frowned upon by inmates and staff alike.

    • Ocky | July 17th, 2013

      “Forgive me for sounding ignorant but what would be the reason for them to get married?”

      Because they are in love perhaps?

  6. Dtom | July 17th, 2013

    Isn’t marriage one of those privileges similar to voting that you lose while in prison? I can’t imagine why two people in prison would need or could benefit from marriage.

    • Ocky | July 17th, 2013

      Nope…women marry men while they are in prison all the time. Also there are many states that allow convicted felons to vote who are no longer in prison. Georgia being on of them….but most states don’t.

  7. D.W. | July 17th, 2013

    Well, I am one that believes in 2nd chances and all the good shit, I feel while in prison, you have lost your rights to be apart on society and practice in regular daily activities that citizens, so I do not think men in prison should be allowed to get married whether gay or str8. If these men love each other enough, they can get married once they are no longer incarcerated.

  8. Jeremy | July 17th, 2013

    nope. prison is a place for you to think about whatever it is you did to get you there in the first place, not a romantic getaway. IF, and only IF there were a situation to where they could get married, they should wait until they are both released.

    • Coshamo | July 17th, 2013

      That’s just plain ole ignorant. Sometimes you just wander did this people make it to the 12th grade or are they just perpin’? It’s disgraceful. You don’t even know if they committed the crime or not. “The master’s ice is colder.” In other words you don’t even believe your own brother, but you take somebody else’ word for his conviction. I feel so put upon with this nonsense. I really do.

  9. ptseti | July 20th, 2013

    I presume you are talking about State and Federal prisons as there are a lot of people that are in ‘prison’ right as we speak. For me there is but one answer to this question- YES- it is a human right for anyone who wants to marry and call someone their partner/lover/wife/husband for life. We can’t cherry pick who gets married and who doesn’t. It is human nature to love. So it is with marriage. From love breeds marriage. In prison you get total security. You are fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom, and the freedom to love who you want. Let love be free

  10. NOt ReaLLy N uSe | July 27th, 2013

    Not while they in prison no

  11. remyfacade
    Remyfacade | June 12th, 2014

    yes. just the same as str8 people in prison

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