Gay NY inmates to have same ‘conjugal rights’ as heterosexual cellmates

New York, June 29: After the historic legalization of gay marriage in New York last week, the state Department of Correctional Services is now rewriting its rules for inmates’ conjugal visits to cover it to same-sex couples.

Officials said gay inmates married in the state will be allowed to receive the same conjugal visits - officially called “family reunions” - that their married heterosexual cellmates enjoy, reports the New York Post.

But the department said it doesn’t anticipate the new law to increase the number of requests for the visits.

A conjugal visit typically allows an inmate to spend 48 hours of privacy with a spouse in a special, kitchen-equipped “residential unit.” The prison also supplies condoms.
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