Volokh defends a French court annulling a marriage because the bride lied about her virginity:
People are entitled to choose their spouses based on any reason at all, and to my knowledge French law allows them to agree to divorce based on any reason at all (again, at least if both agree). Saying that they may also annul the marriage based on any misrepresentation that they saw as material strikes me as no different: It's an accommodation of people's choices about whom to have a tremendously important relationship with, and we should generally accommodate those choices even when we think they are partly unwise I say partly because while the insistence on virginity strikes me as unsound, the concern about the lie strikes me as much more proper or reinforce unsound community attitudes.
A French blogger discusses the case here.
(Hat tip: Reynolds)
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