Here is a screenshot of my article for Key103 published in February 2015 on the first gay wedding to take place behind bars. This was published on the local news section of their website.
Unfortunately the article is no longer available on the Key103 website, as the station take their news stories offline after around a month.
You can read the full article below.
A Manchester murderer who is serving a life sentence is set to marry a fellow murderer in prison.
Mikhail Gallatinov who was convicted of murdering Adrian Kaminsky in 1997 will wed Marc Goodwin who was jailed for life in 2007 for the homophobic murder of 57-year-old Malcom Benford.
It will be UK’s first same-sex wedding to take place behind bars.
The ceremony will take place at Full Sutton prison near York, where both men are serving life sentences.
During Goodwin’s trial, Preston Crown Court heard that he had talked about “gay bashing” before the attack and the motive of the crime was about getting cash for alcohol.
After Goodwin’s conviction, police described the murder as “a savage, senseless homophobic attack that resulted in the death of a harmless man.”
During Gallatinov’s trial, Manchester Crown Court heard that he was a predatory peadophile with convictions against children and he was under surveillance by police when he strangled Mr Kaminsky.
Judge Rhys Davies QC said at the time:“This was a cold-blooded, well-planned, callous, chilling and apparently motiveless killing.”
A notice of the pair’s marriage was posted at the register office in nearby Beverley but the prisoner status or the jail was not mentioned.
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said that they do not comment on individuals.
She added:”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.’