A 46-year-old woman entered into a same-sex marriage in Oklahoma but had to lie about her name to circumvent the law as she was marrying her 26-year-old daughter.
According to the Duncan Banner, Patricia Ann Spann and her biological daughter Misty Velvet Dawn Spann were wed in Lawton. The marriage came about 17 months after same-sex marriage became legal in the state, with Spann listing her name as Patricia Ann Clayton on the marriage license application.
Spann told investigators that after she lost custody of Misty and her other two other children, she had reconnected with them again in 2014. She and Misty “hit it off” and started an incestuous relationship, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison in Oklahoma.
An additional complication in the case arises from Patricia Spann’s prior marriage. In 2008, she had married her biological son.
The Banner reports: Records searched by DPD found Misty Spann and Patricia Spann had in fact married in Comanche County March 25, 2016, but records indicated Patricia Spann had also previously married another one of her children in 2008 and the marriage had been annulled in 2010 because of incest.
Patricia Spann told investigators she thought her marriage to Misty was legal “because her name was no longer listed on Misty’s birth certificate,” according to the Duncan Banner.
The New York Post that officers learned about the marriage late last month amid a child welfare investigation.
From the Banner: [The] two women appeared before Judge Ken Graham Wednesday afternoon for arraignment on felonious charges of incest.
Graham entered a plea of not guilty for daughter Misty Velvet Dawn Spann, 25, and mother Patricia Ann Spann, also known as Patricia Ann Clayton, 42, who married in Comanche County March 25, 2016, according to court documents.
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