(CBS Seattle) — Hank Pollock and his transgender bride Rebecca Elmore will make history when they get married Thursday.
Both live at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island, which is a facility where sex offenders can live and get treatment after they’ve completed their prison sentences. This will be the first time two residents have married each other.
According to the Tacoma News Tribune, Pollock and Elmore will exchange vows in a Wiccan ceremony; Pollock will be wearing a Grim Reaper cloak and Elmore will be wearing a white veil, both made by Pollock. The ceremony will be limited to two hours and only seven guests. After the ceremony, the couple will go back to their separate units at the SCC. They are not allowed to live together and any physical or sexual contact is prohibited. But their marriage is legal under Washington law and the ceremony isn’t costing the state anything.
In order to be committed to the SCC, offenders must fit the legal definition of a sexually violent predator. Pollock was committed to the SCC after being convicted of sex crimes against children in Kitsap and Thurston counties in the late ’80s and early ’90s and was considered a repeat offender, according to the Tribune. Elmore, whose original first name was Keith, was denied release from the SCC in 1999 because of his “sexually-motivated cannibalistic fantasies.”
Elmore and Pollock say they hope their marriage will help open doors for other sex offenders who are civilly committed. “There’s a lot of excitement around it, the fact we’ll be making history,” Elmore told the Tribune. “There’s some nervousness, too. We’re breaking a lot of groundwork, but the main thing is us getting married.”