I Officiated a Lesbian Wedding on Rikers Island

This article was published in collaboration with the Marshall Project.

If there's anything that might be expected to bring some kind of positive energy, a dose of hope, to Rikers Island, it's a wedding. It didn't hurt that the day I visited the jail to marry two women eight weeks ago, the place was filled with sunshine, making the facility—or at least the barbed wire surrounding it—sparkle.

My job was to marry an incarcerated woman to her fiancée living on the outside. Tiquesha and

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