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Britain Allows Same-Sex Civil Partnerships Inside Prisons

Same-sex prisoner couples in Britain, including those in the highest security classification, have been given the go ahead to enter into civil partnership and have appropriate ceremonies.

Prison Service Order 4445 outlines the requirements for prisoners seeking to enter into same-sex civil partnerships and have a registration ceremony. It includes provisions for partnerships between two prisoners, requiring that both prisoners be of the same sex, over 16, not related, not married and have at least three months remaining on their sentences. The Order also covers transsexual prisoners.

The prisoners are responsible for making all of the arrangements for the civil partnership ceremony, but must pay all costs associated with it. They are allowed to invite guests, but only a reasonable number as determined by the Governor. Before authorizing the civil partnership, prison authorities make a risk assessment determination.



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