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Hawaii Ordered To Allow 2 Women To Marry Inmates

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File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge has ordered that two Hawaii women be allowed to marry their incarcerated finances.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced Thursday Judge Susan Oki Mollway granted their motion for a preliminary injunction. The order says the women are being harmed by being denied their right to marry.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of the women who want to marry men incarcerated at Saguaro Correctional Facility, a privately run prison in Arizona housing Hawaii inmates under a contract with the state.

The Hawaii attorney general’s office said in a statement the state will send a letter to the affected inmates on Friday advising them of the court order so that they may immediately proceed with their marriage preparations.

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