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State will have to rework rules for same-sex marriage in prison

SPRINGFIELD -- State prison officials are working on a new policy for inmates who want to get married behind bars.
 SPRINGFIELD -- State prison officials are working on a new policy for inmates who want to get married behind bars. They have to change the rules because of the new Marriage Equality Law.

Until now, the policy has been pretty cut and dried. In general, inmates were not allowed to marry someone who's not in custody.

But, the same-sex marriage law opens up a discussion about what should happen if two same-sex inmates want to marry. Many states, including Illinois, already ban marriages between inmates because of security concerns.

State prison officials say they're still working out the details of rolling out same-sex marriage policies behind bars, but they don't expect too many changes from what's happening now. Prison officials say they will have a policy for same-sex marriages in place by the time the law kicks in.

Same-sex couples can get married starting June 1, 2014.

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