Marriage Annulled After Wife Thinks of Other Men
Judge denies her alimony, too
By Slurge, Newser User
Posted Nov 10, 2010 8:42 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Nov 10, 2010 1:43 PM CST
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi: thinking impure thoughts?   (AP)

(User Submitted) – An Italian couple has been awarded the legal right to annul their marriage for adultery; not because the wife slept with other men, but simply because she thought about it—then discussed it with her husband. Following a lower court decision and a ruling by the Catholic Church's Ecclesiastical Court, the highest court in Italy decided that voicing the desire to have sex with another partner is just as bad as the act itself, reports CNN.

That Guardian gives some background: Apparently, the wife had spoken with her husband about the idea of having an open relationship before their wedding. She had "theorized" that sexual fidelity did not have to be a cornerstone of their marriage, but the court found "there was no evidence of the woman frequenting other men." Remarkably, not only can the husband end the marriage because his wife had spoken of having an open relationship, but he won't be required to pay alimony.

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jwoolman
Nov 12, 2010 2:07 AM CST
Something's off about this story. Annulment is not as easy as y'all seem to think in the Catholic Church. For a religiously acceptable marriage, both parties do have to be "free to marry" and be honest about their commitment to the marriage, and psychologically/emotionally capable of making such a commitment for life. Anyway - my guess is that the only possible grounds for annulment here would be fraud concerning the "open marriage" thing, if she said she was dropping the idea but then later wanted to pursue it. My guess is that either the guy was rethinking his choice and just looking for a loophole, or else she was being much pushier about it than this article suggests (giving him reason to believe that she was going to be unfaithful or already was). Just "thinking about it" and "discussing" it wouldn't fly.
Even-Steven
Nov 11, 2010 8:33 AM CST
That would include half of the married us couples in america
Twiny
Nov 10, 2010 10:32 PM CST
Remember this, all you Catholics out there. Every time you admire a tight, firm ass of a man not your husband or the bouncing breasts on a woman not your wife, you've committed adultery and the Church says your spouse can annul your marriage because of it. If that isn't stupid enough for you, the Italian courts actually agree with that kind of religious bullshit. It boggles the mind....