Daughter who married mom convicted of incest in Oklahoma

Mother and daughter Patricia Spann, 43, and Misty Spann, 25 (Photo credit: Stepens County Jail )

Back in 2016, rolling out reported the story of Patricia Spann, 43, and Misty Spann, 25, a Duncan, Oklahoma lesbian couple who got married in March. But there was a real problem with this same-sex marriage because the pair are mother and daughter. The story became even more twisted when it was revealed that Patricia Spann was married to one of her sons in 2008 in an attempt to keep him from being deployed to active duty in the military. The son identified as Jody Spann had the marriage annulled in 2010 on the grounds of incest.

Both mother and daughter were arrested last year after a Child Services investigation around other minor children in the home revealed that the relationship between the two women. During this time, the couple was also trying to adopt a child. The pair were arrested and charged with incest; under Oklahoma law, marrying a close relative is considered incest whether or not a sexual relationship exists. The mother told police she didn’t believe she was breaking any laws by marrying her daughter because her name is no longer listed on Misty’s birth certificate.

According to the Tulsa World, this week Misty Spann, 26, pleaded guilty to illegally marrying her mother and was sentenced in Stephens County District Court. District Judge Ken Graham gave Misty Spann a deferred sentence of 10 years, at least two of which must be under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Her mother is expected to appear in court in January 2018 on similar charges.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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