The Supreme Court of Germany ruled this month that the nation could not ban child marriages because such bans are an affront to human dignity, the “free development of personality,” equal protection under the law, and, best of all, the Basic Law mandate of protecting marriages and family. Thanks to the new ruling, which makes a blanket ban on child marriages unconstitutional, Muslim refugees who married their brides when they were, oh, 14 or so, will not automatically be stripped of their betrothed status in Germany. God only knows what can of worms this is going to open up, but it’s yet another sign that Western Europe is losing its culture as a result of unrestrained Muslim immigration.
According to German newspaper Die Welt, this is a description of the case before the German high court: “In the specific case, it was about a Syrian refugee couple, who had fled in August 2015 over the Balkan route because of the war to Germany. The couple had previously been legally married on 10 February 2015 in a Syrian Sharia court. The husband was 21 years old on his wedding day, his wife was at the age of 14.”
As best as we can figure it, the couple was separated after coming to Germany, and the 14-year-old bride was housed in a facility for underage refugees. The husband filed suit to gain back custody of his wife, and after a few twists and turns in the saga, he won an appeal in 2016. The German parliament, sensing that this was not the greatest precedent to set, went ahead and did what was completely unnecessary just a few years earlier, passing legislation that banned child marriages throughout the country.
“The so-called Law to Fight Child Marriage set the minimum age of consent for marriage in Germany at 18 years and nullified all existing marriages, including those contracted abroad, where a participant was under the age of 16 at the time of the ceremony,” reported The Gatestone Institute.
But now that has been struck down, leaving Germany to recognize these obscene “marriages” as completely lawful.
“Because of our Constitution and for the benefit of the child, in the present case, there should be only one answer: This marriage must be null and void right from the beginning,” said Winfried Bausback, who helped draft the law banning child marriages. “Germany cannot, on the one hand, be against child marriages internationally, and on the other hand be for such marriages in our own country. The best interests of the child cannot be compromised in this case. … This is about the constitutionally established protection of children and minors!”
Ah, no, much more important to protect the “free development of personality” among Syrian refugees.
Fare thee well, Germany. We’re going to do our damnedest not to follow in your footsteps.