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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My other half and I want to spend our lives together. We have known each other before he was locked up, and now even with him doing time, we have grown even stronger over 5 years on paper. We still have years to go and I want to have his last name.. How can we make proxy happen?
I don't think it's right of them to have a proxy and why the bride and groom has to be there
why come the pastor that come and preach in the prison can't marry the inmates at there visit time with in the 2 hrs they have for visit and we pay him to get license and to form ceremony for the inmates and after its over everyone go's back to where they come from and he mail our marriage license to the outside party put all the foot work on the pastor and the outside party all this will take place at visitation thanks and God blessed all