Gay Kansas Inmate’s Husband Not Planning to Visit
The husband of an imprisoned Kansas man inmate said he isn’t interested in visiting his spouse, who has complained that the state is discriminating against them because they are gay by prohibiting the visits.
Christopher Yates is serving seven years at the Norton Correctional Facility for crimes related to embezzlement. He said the state is treating him differently by refusing to allow visits from his husband, whom he married legally in Iowa.
However, Yates’ husband, Steve Yates, told The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/19vseoP ) that he has no desire to visit the prison. He said he plans to end the marriage, perhaps by getting an annulment.
"It’s just better that I not have contact with Christopher," Steve Yates said. "Things are moving ahead smoothly for me."
The state said it banned the visits because Steve Yates is a co-defendant in some of Christopher Yates’ crimes. Christopher Yates, was convicted in March 2012 in Ford County on charges of identity theft, theft of $100,000 or greater, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a financial card, computer crime and perjury. Steve Yates was a co-defendant and sentenced to probation for his role in the crimes.