California may not allow gays to marry, but lawmakers will now allow gay prison inmates conjugal visits with their lovers. The move comes after the ACLU joined forces with a number of prisoners, including 40-year old ex-convict Vernon Foeller.
Foeller had been serving a 20-month sentence and wanted to see his lover. His lover, however, felt uncomfortable under the guard’s glares, so he called the ACLU to get his back. The social defenders organized a hearing for last Wednesday, at which Foeller spoke:
I heard from a lot of people inside the prison who thought it was a step forward. People who are doing life terms, or even seven-to-life, can’t get family visits, and they saw what I was doing as a step to roll that back.
The new rules will allow an estimated 170,000 inmates the opportunity to get their legal swerve on – ain’t justice grand?
California prisons to allow gay family visits [The Advocate]