New state prison regulations will allow inmates in same-sex marriages or civil unions to have conjugal visits. They will also be granted leave if partner is terminally ill.
Glenn Blain from NY Daily News has the story:
Recent regulation changes will also allow gay prisoners to take leave from their cell when their loved one is terminally ill.
“If they seek a furlough based on the partner, it’s likely it would be granted,” said Peter Cutler, spokesman for the Department of Correctional Services.
“We’ve been doing it,” Cutler said of the leave policy, which previously applied to only traditional marriages.
Cutler said the regulation, which appeared in the state Register this week, formalizes a policy change initiated in 2008 by then-Gov. David Paterson, who ordered New York State agencies to recognize same-sex marriages that were legally performed in other states and civil unions.
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