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French court sides with Islam… again
June 4, 08, 4:28 pm
Filed under: annulment, Islam, politics, virginity | Tags: , , , , ,

Another one out of France. And this also involves that wonderful religion of peace we call Islam. Where do I sign on?

PARIS (AP) – The bride said she was a virgin. When her new husband discovered that was a lie, he went to court to annul the marriage—and a French judge agreed.

The ruling ending the Muslim couple’s union has stunned France and raised concerns the country’s much-cherished secular values are losing ground to religious traditions from its fast-growing immigrant communities.

The decision also exposed the silent shame borne by some Muslim women who transgress long-held religious dictates demanding proof of virginity on the wedding night.

In its ruling, the court concluded the woman had misrepresented herself as a virgin and that, in this particular marriage, virginity was a prerequisite.

Yes, it was a prerequisite according to Muslim tradition to which, last time I checked, France is not bound… Give it a few years though…

The outcry has been unrelenting since word of the April 1 decision in the closed-door trial in Lille was made public last week by the daily newspaper Liberation. In its judgment, the tribunal said the 2006 marriage had been ended based on “an error in the essential qualities” of the bride, “who had presented herself as single and chaste.”

Somehow I get the feeling this chastity rule didn’t apply to the groom.

Motions have been made to appeal the decision but there is one problem — neither the groom nor the bride is on board.

The appeal was filed Tuesday and three judges could hear the case sometime this month, said Eric Vaillant of the appeals court in Douai, near Lille.

The hitch is that both the young woman and the man at the center of the drama are opposed to an appeal, according to their lawyers. The names of the woman, a student in her 20s, and the man, an engineer in his 30s, have not been disclosed.

The young woman’s lawyer, Charles-Edouard Mauger, said she was distraught by the dragging out of the humiliating case. In an interview on Europe 1 radio, he quoted her as saying: “I don’t know who’s trying to think in my place. I didn’t ask for anything. … I wasn’t the one who asked for the media attention, for people to talk about it, and for this to last so long.”

Not to mention that a reversal of this decision would mean that she is still married to this overzealous scumbag. I’m sure that has crossed her mind and at least it’s one good thing that has come out of this.

Story here:

Outcry after French court rules on virginity

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