The strange love story got official Bexar County attention earlier this year, when County Clerk Gerry Rickhoff received letters from both inmates asking for permission to get a marriage license.
“This is the first time this office has had a request like this from two people in prison, one serving a life sentence,” said Rickhoff, who secured legal approval from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
In her letter dated April 29, Zamora wrote: “Sir, I do not take marriage lightly and am certainly not marrying someone I haven’t already met, despite all you’ve heard.”
The marriage would be a double-proxy union, meaning there would be a ceremony at each prison with stand-ins for the bride and groom.
Mora and Zamora, who are restricted to their cells for 23 hours a day, would have to use the hour they get for daily recreation to say “I do,” said Michelle Lyons, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
“These types of marriages are performed by volunteer chaplains,” Lyons said. “It’s rare for one inmate to marry another — most marriages by proxy are between an inmate and someone living outside prison walls.”
The union would exempt Mora and Zamora from restrictions imposed by the department in March prohibiting the exchange of letters between inmates in different prisons, Lyons said.
Whatever. It’s a long way to 2036, when Zamora is eligible for parole, so don’t expect too much out of this.