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Posted February 09. 2014 12:03PM

Obama extends same-sex marriage privileges to Berlin inmates

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The new Federal Correctional Institution in Berlin sits on a hill north of the city proper. (Courtesy)

Under the Justice Department policy, federal inmates in same-sex marriages will also be entitled to the same rights and privileges as inmates in heterosexual marriages, including visitation by a spouse, escorted trips to attend a spouse's funeral, correspondence with a spouse, and compassionate release or reduction in sentence based on the incapacitation of an inmate's spouse.