ST. PAUL, MN - Legalizing same sex marriage has raised a host of questions for Minnesota officials -- from the relatively simple, like how to replace the words "husband" and "wife" on forms, to the more complicated, such as whether two incarcerated people can marry.
The state's answer to that second question is "no."
"I'm not assuming that all marriages are sexual in their very being but that certainly is -- I think most people in society assume-- that's a component of a relationship, and that's a problem for us because sex is not allowed in our correctional facilities," said John King, Minnesota Department of Corrections assistant commissioner of the facility services division.
Still, the agency has to consider the possibility that two inmates may want to marry. King says such marriages would jeopardize security, in part because people in prison could be threatened by other inmates into marriage, giving them access to assets.
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