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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I think marriage is a right to each and every person in the country, whether they are serving the military, a local businessman, a college student, or even behind bars. We are all people with real feelings and the same basic needs some more necessary than others. People who are incarcerated need to feel like they belong to a family. Like they fit in somewhere outside of jail. They need more than those citizens who are free, to feel loved and like they are an important member of their family. It helps for when they are released. If these needs go I filled it is likely to overwhelm the offender, with what exactly their role in society is...who do they talk to or where do they go will be questions they may never answer., either way, they still have the right to be a part of a family.
no marriage, no conjugal visits, poor medical care? OUTRAGEOUS !!! WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FINE THE BASTARDS FOR NOT UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF PEOPLE!!!
I understand all their pain and truly support it. I'm still currently in Texas also for the moment because my husband is still incarcerated for eight more months, but we are TOTALLY leaving this garbage state. Last Halloween we got married while he was still incarcerated within TDCJ, we got married him in Colorado. When I ssaw Colorado my whole world changed and I never looked at Texas the same way.

Thank you and I love you Colorado, the owner of my heart. ♥
Just because these people are in prison does not mean they are bad people. They are just people who made bad choices. Being in prison is their punishment for their choices. They are paying their debt to society for their mistakes.They should not punished even further by not being allowed to marry the person they are in love with. Taking this right away from them is not going to help them at all. The mental anguish of this right taken from them could and probably will be very detrimental to them. I pray that all of you negative people, most of which I imagine call themselves Christians would stop and think about your horrible comments about other humans whom you know nothing about. Until you have walked in their shoes keep your crude comments to yourself. One day it could just be you or one of your loved ones sitting behind bars.
My boyfriend is in prison and I want to marry him
It is a right, so it's only right!