Hawaii's first same-sex marriage in prison

Published: Dec. 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the first time in Hawaii's history and quite possibly in the nation two inmates have gotten married.

The ceremony took place inside the Women's Community Correctional Center in Kailua Friday afternoon.

According to officials, the inmates -- 28-year-old Terann Pavao and 40-year-old Totie Tauala -- completed all the necessary paperwork with the Department of Public Safety and received their marriage license from the state earlier this week. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Hawai'i since December 2, 2013.

"They'll be in their prison garb. They'll be an officiant there that they arranged to come in and they have two witnesses and of course, facility staff on-hand to witness what is happening. They will also be allowed to exchange wedding bands, but there's no fruit punch or cake or anything like that," said Eric Tanaka, the Acting Warden at WCCC.

Pavao has two years left on a variety of drug-related convictions, including assault and theft. Tauala is halfway through a 20-year sentence for manslaughter, and is eligible for parole in 2019.

The warden say they will receive no special treatment as a married couple. Officials say they will not be housed together and both state and federal law prohibits inmates from engaging in any sexual acts.

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