Posted on | October 29, 2013 | 58 Comments
Washington State has a facility for convicted violent sex offenders called the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island near Tacoma.
When Hank Pollock and his transgender bride Rebecca Elmore tie the knot Thursday, they will become the first two residents [of the Special Commitment Center] to marry each other.
“Just because you’re in there, you don’t lose your civil rights,” said Chris Case, a spokeswoman for the Department of Social and Health Services, which operates the SCC. “Washington law says they can get married so they can get married. . . .
Pollock, 47, and Elmore, 57, say their day-to-day lives might not change much but they hope their marriage will pave the way for others, including fellow sex offenders . . .
The friendship between Pollock and Elmore reaches back a decade to when Pollock moved to the SCC.
Elmore was already there after pleading guilty in 1995 in Clark County to second-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault with sexual motivation. When Elmore petitioned to be released in 1999, the state Attorney General’s Office persuaded the judge to deny it based on Elmore’s “sexually-motivated cannibalistic fantasies.”
In 2002, Elmore changed his first name from Keith to Rebecca as part of his transgender transformation.
Pollock, who changed his name from Andrew Drescher in 2002, was convicted of five counts of sex crimes against children in Kitsap and Thurston counties from 1987 to 1993. He was committed to the SCC for being a repeat sex offender. . . .
Wait a minute! A tranny kidnapper with “sexually-motivated cannibalistic fantasies” marrying a serial child molester on a prison island? Is this a news article or a Bravo network reality series we’re talking about? Oh, and it’s going to be a lovely ceremony:
To find a pastor to conduct the ceremony, they wrote the nonprofit organization Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays. A Seattle Christian pastor agreed to officiate at their wedding free of charge.
They chose Oct. 31 to be wed, because it is Samhain, the start of the Wiccan New Year. Not only is it an important date for their religion, they said, but it also symbolizes a new start for the couple. The ceremony will take place in the visiting room at SCC and be limited to two hours. Seven residents will be allowed to attend, not including the pastor and his partner.
“. . . the pastor and his partner . . .”
(Hat-tip: Pundit From Another Planet.)