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Calif. Gay Inmates to Get Conjugal Visits

Posted Jun 4, 2007 12:30 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A new prison policy is expected to make California the first state to allow gay inmates to have conjugal visits.

A letter from the American Civil Liberties Union warning of a possible lawsuit prompted the policy change, according to the New York Times. A 2003 law provides equal rights for registered domestic partners.

California allows many prisoners who exhibit good behavior to have overnight visitors for up to 72 hours, often in trailers in prison grounds.

The state’s Office of Administrative Law still must approve the policy change.

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