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Marriage to Fake Bride Valid, Court Rules

A bizarre case involving a Thai man who masqueraded as a woman to wed a German man has been thrown out of court after a judge ruled that the marriage could not be annulled. Now it seems that the couple will have to remain married as the court viewed the union as a same-sex marriage, which is not recognized in Germany and therefore cannot be reversed. German law only allows same-sex couples to enter so-called registered partnerships, which grant them some but not all rights of married couples. "I don't know why they got married, whether it was love or the desire for a residence permit," said Ulrich Skwirblies, a spokesman for the court in the western German town of Celle. Other questions, such as whether the German man actually knew his “bride” was a man, also remain unanswered. What is known is that the 42-year-old Thai married his German husband in Denmark under a false name in 1994 and was later granted German residency.