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Gay murderers to have first same-sex wedding behind bars

Nick Duffy February 20, 2015

The UK could be about to see its first same-sex wedding behind bars, after a pair of men got permission to tie the knot.

Mikhail Gallatinov, 40, and Marc Goodwin, 31, are both currently serving life sentences for murder at the maximum-security HM Prison Full Sutton, in Yorkshire.

Gallatinov was jailed in 1997 for murdering 28-year-old Adrian Kaminsky. Goodwin was jailed in 2007, for the murder of Malcolm Benfold, 57.

The pair met up and struck up an unconventional relationship in prison – despite Goodwin branding his killing a “gay bashing” and Gallatinov being labelled a “predatory paedophile”.

A notice of the pair’s marriage was released – but the notice did not mention that the pair were in prison, describing them as ‘bar staff’.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said: “We do not comment on individuals.

“Prisoners are entitled to apply to be married in prison under the Marriages Act 1983.

“This would take place at no cost to the taxpayer and there is no possibility that they would share a cell.”

Two other men jailed for murder are currently suing the Scottish government for their right to date behind bars.

Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan, who were convicted for the 1997 murder of Allison McGarrigle, say their human rights are being violated because they are held in separate prisons and are not allowed to contact each other.

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