Heineman Balks At Prison Marriage At Public Expense

LINCOLN, Neb. (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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