A French court has overturned a couple’s annulment, which was sought after the groom discovered his bride was not a virgin.
France’s Minister of Justice ordered an appeals court to consider the matter, and on Monday the annulment was overturned.
“This ruling is very worrying,” Xavier Labbee, the groom’s lawyer, told AFP. “Our individual liberties are seriously threatened.”
According to the BBC, the April annulment caused outrage for feminist and religious reasons.
“Feminists argued the decision was unfair because a woman would not be able to cancel her marriage if she thought her husband was not a virgin.”
Others wondered whether an annulment for that reason would have been granted if the parties weren’t Muslim.
The French court that granted the annulment said it wasn’t about being Muslim or being a virgin. The decision centered on lying. The law allows a marriage to be dissolved if one in the relationship has “lied about an ‘essential quality’ of the relationship,” according to the BBC.