A Nebraska prison inmate and his transgendered partner are appealing a judge's decision to dismiss their lawsuit against the state prison system, which they say has refused to let them marry.
The couple is challenging a Nebraska constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns dismissed the case on grounds that the prisoner, Harold Wilson, and Gracy Sedlak failed to pay an $82 court filing fee. Sedlak was previously identified as a man named John Jirovsky.
The 57-year-old Wilson is serving a 56-to-170-year prison sentence for attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual assault. The 27-year-old Sedlak can't visit Wilson because of a three-year waiting period on former inmates visiting prisons.
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