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Weddings and Domestic Partnership Ceremonies

The Oregon Department of Corrections permits inmates to be married or have a domestic partnership ceremony within its correctional facilities. Officiators and witnesses cannot be Oregon Department of Corrections’ chaplains or staff. All guests must be approved for privileged visiting. No food, cameras or special clothing may be brought into the facility for the ceremony.

For more information on marriage and domestic partnership ceremonies at our facilities, please contact a chaplain. You can find contact information for facility chaplains on our Contact Us page.

Frequently Asked Questions

​A: Domestic partnerships may be entered into at any time by requesting the paperwork from a local county clerk. The completed paperwork must be notarized by both parties before it is submitted. The Oregon Department of Corrections permits inmates to have a domestic partnership ceremony within its correctional facilities, even though it is not required to complete the domestic partnership process.

Inmates may request information about the ceremony from the chaplain at their facility, and officiators cannot be Oregon Department of Corrections’ chaplains or staff. All guests must be approved for privileged visiting. No food, cameras or special clothing may be brought into the facility for the ceremony.

​A: Wedding bands are authorized through a facility’s chaplain office. The ring should be mailed directly to the chaplain along with a copy of the marriage certificate or domestic partnership paperwork. Please be sure to include the name and SID of the inmate inside the package. Rings must be plain (no stones, special cuts or engravings). If the ring meets department standards, the chaplain will authorize the ring to the inmate. A record of receipt will be forwarded to the inmate's property list.

​​A: The Oregon Department of Corrections permits inmates to be married or have a domestic partnership ceremony within its correctional facilities, and inmates may request information about the ceremony from the chaplain at their facility. Officiators and witnesses cannot be Oregon Department of Corrections’ chaplains or staff. All guests must be approved for privileged visiting. No food, cameras or special clothing may be brought into the facility for the ceremony.

 

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