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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House Bill 869 is in violation of a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Turner v. Safley, which states an inmate has a constitutional right to marry.
Texas inmates should be allowed to marry . By them denying inmates that right , they're taking away something stable and good in their lives . It's like Texas enjoys punishing inmates . They've already been sentenced why do they want to add to that .
This takes away my right to legally be with the man I love. He is in TDCJ and this law is a violation of his rights. We were scheduled to become husband and wife before he went in and now we can not get married on our scheduled date because of this. This law should never have been passed. I knew nothing about proxy weddings until I looked into getting one after he went so we could be married on our scheduled date. Now I find that we are not able to. Our system is so unjust.
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.