Posted by: becketfund | November 17, 2008

France: Ruling on Virgin Case Reversed

PARIS – A French court of appeal has overruled the decision to annul the marriage of two Muslims because the bride had lied about being a virgin, the BBC reported November 17. The verdict had caused emotional debate and outrage among some feminists, who said it amounted to a “fatwa” against women’s liberty, however the husband’s lawyers said the case had nothing to do with religion. Under the French civil code, a marriage can be annulled if a spouse has lied about an “essential quality” of the relationship. Critics have also asked if the judge would have ruled the same way if the marriage was not between two Muslims, and claimed the decision was incompatible with France’s secular principles. 
Justice Minister Rachida Dati ordered a review of the verdict due to the heated debate over the ruling.

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