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June 05, 2008
THOUGHTS ON VIRGINITY AND MARRIAGE:
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.
Follow the link for Eugene Volokh's take. I think that if this is enforceable on an "intent of the parties" principle, then lots of other premarital understandings should have equal footing. On the other hand, if they don't have an equal footing, then I think this should be void as discriminatory on the basis of sex.