ALLOW TEXAS INMATES TO A PROXY MARRIAGE!!!

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In review of House Bill 869 recently passed in September 1, 2013, Texas inmates can no longer get married by proxy, which I understand to be a violation of their rights not to mention removing the rights & stripping the dreams of the person who deeply wants to marry that person.

Advocates for inmates say building relationships, such as marriages, can help people who are incarcerated improve their behavior and incentivize reintegration into society, and isn't this what the long term goal is??

Unfortunately I (and many of my friends) didnt realize it couldnt happen until after the bill had passed and am now struggling to try to find a way to legalize our relationship but the courts are standing in the way stating that both parties HAVE to be present to obtain the Marriage License; no ifs, ands, or buts.

Supposedly the purpose of the bill was not to make it harder for people to get married, but was to protect those that might become prey to unscrupulous people..... okay well I'm sure the number of willing people who desperately want to share their life together legally vastly outweighs the scam marriages that they speak of.

PLEASE SUPPORT MY POSITION TO PERMIT TEXAS MARRIAGES BY PROXY AGAIN THUS ALLOWING INMATES & THEIR LOVED ONES TO BE LEGALLY UNITED & BOUND BY LOVE.

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If they knew each other, dated and/or lived together before incarceration, then I agree that they should be able to get married. However, not just to gain legal status and I have mixed feelings if the LO is on death row or serving life.
I'm so for this petition and I agree with Tiffany! I'm marrying my fiancee in Colorado. Texas is not going to stop me!
Tiffany can you send me info on Colorado or anyone else that has any info on this
me and my fiancee also wants to get married but can't.. we can't have contract visits and we haven't touch each other over 2 years.. this isn't fair and I believe it's our right as a american to marry who ever we like don't matter if it's in the prison or not..