Heineman opposes prison marriage at public expense

By: AP
By: AP

Lincoln, NE (AP) - Gov. Dave Heineman says he's opposed to any use of public money to transport Nebraska prisoners to marriage ceremonies with other inmates.

The governor on Monday called it "an outrage" that two state prisoners from different facilities are trying to marry while incarcerated.

His comments came in response to questions about a lawsuit filed against the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the department on behalf of 42-year-old Paul Gillpatrick and 33-year-old Niccole Wetherell.

Gillpatrick is serving 55 to 90 years in Lincoln for second-degree murder. Wetherell is serving a life prison sentence in York for first-degree murder.

The department has refused to transport either of them for an in-person wedding, although they have offered to pay the transportation costs.

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