The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue February 2012
My son is currently held as a Category A prisoner and has expressed a wish to ‘marry’ (in a Civil Ceremony) another (male) Category A prisoner who is in the same jail. I would like to know whether he would ever get permission for this, and if so how quickly would he be able to arrange it from the prison? Are same sex civil ceremonies allowed in prison, particularly from Category A prisoners?
Date sent to NOMS 9-12-2011
Reply received 16-1-2012
The policy covering civil partnership registration for prisoners can be found in Prison Service Order 4445 – Civil Partnership Registration and this can be found on the Justice website at the following link - http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/guidance/prison-probation-and-rehabilitation/psipso/PSO_4445_civil_partnerships.doc
This document outlines the procedures for all prisoners wishing to enter in to a civil partnership and the criteria for having the registration ceremony either inside or outside the prison (this would ultimately be determined following a risk assessment at the prison). However, it should be noted that it is solely for the prisoner and their intended civil partner to make all the arrangements with regard the registration, which would include satisfying the authorities that there are no obstacles/objections to their union. They will also be liable for all the costs involved.
Hope this is of help.
Comments about this letter
2/2/2012 Steven Battram -What a stupid thing to do, this 'couple' could have carried on their relationship and enjoyed finding love behind prison walls. Now you've told the prison authorities it will be different prisons for these two.
4/2/2012 Double MYou do not need to have sexual contact to maintain a relationship. "Modern" society is no different to any other society in this matter as men and women are the same as ever, semper eadem, not fungible. Chaste relationships are perfectly possible.
4/2/2012 Steven Battram -Dear Double M, Go to prison where there are male rapes, men masturbating to porn magazines. I've witnessed vulnerable prisoners buggered on many occasions. For instance the heroin addict who is withdrawing, his cell-mate offers him some heroin for sex. I've seen men sell their bodies for cigarettes when they are craving nicotine and have spent all their wages on heroin.
12/2/2012 SensibilityNot only is beastly sex ungodly,it is dangerous, AIDS! The back passage is not designed for sex,it is for relieving gas and waste, so when people participate in homesexual/beastly anul sex the mix of fluids with blood from breakage of vein vessels in the rectrum from having anul sex causes terrible infection and deseases and with HIV and Aids passed on too from an infected carrier or reciever, huge high risk with anul sex ask your doctor they will tell you Aids loves the gut and your gut is passed out through your backside. People are NOT born homesexual,are they f..., people become what they want to become.A baby or child does not sell themselves sexually to the same sex person or anyone for anything, but the heroin addict in prison sells himself for heroin, he or she will have been selling him or herself for drugs before they even went into prison! Educate yourself, use your common sense,dont be foolish.Nonces in prison are the lowest of the low evil scum, they should never be let out, that includes the nonces who rape other prisoners in prison.Castrate and isolate the lot of them away from the public and vulnerable prisoners.
17/2/2012 Fag Ash LillyDouble M is quite indoctinated, not traditionalist. Mr Steve makes a lot of valid points in his comment. Gay people have been around for centuries and centuries. Greek and Roman society embraced it. The crooked Church demonised it. My brother is gay and one very handsome man I may add. His boyfriend is also a stunning looking young man, as are most of their friends. They are fun to be with, and far from being the stereotypical "Camp" they all have very masculine personalities and several jobs to match.
18/2/2012 Fag Ash Lilly
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