Yes, you read the headline right. Two sex offenders at Washington State’s Special Commitment Center will get married in a Wiccan ceremony on Halloween. Same-sex marriage is legal in Washington and the ceremony will be the first of its kind at the treatment facility at McNeil Island.
Rebecca Elmore, formally known as Keith, is the transgender bride that will wed Hank Pollock. Elmore, 57, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexual assault charges in 1995 while Pollock, 47, was convicted of five counts of sex crimes against children occurring between 1987 and 1993.
“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
The Special Commitment Center is not a prison, but a specialized treatment facility for sex offenders. The residents, not inmates, are allowed to interact with one another while under supervision. Elmore and Pollock met and fell in love with each other while at the SCC. The two filed paperwork to be married and the ceremony will be performed for free.
The newlyweds will be able to kiss and hold hands at the ceremony, but the physical contact will stop there. The SCC prohibits physical and sexual contact to the sex offenders residing there. They will not be allowed to live together in the same room.
As per the Wiccan ceremony, Elmore will wear a traditional white veil while Pollock will don a Grim Reaper cloak. Their hands will be bound in twine to symbolize their union and Elmore will take Pollock’s last name.