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Italian court's question: does sex-change operation annul marriage?

Catholic World News - June 11, 2014

An Italian appeals court has been asked to rule on whether a legal marriage should be annulled if one partner undergoes a sex-change operation.

A court in Bologna ruled that Alessandro Bernaroli’s marriage was annulled when he traveled to Thailand for a sex-change procedure. Bernaroli, who now uses the name Alessandra, is asking the court to uphold the marriage.

Benaroli reports that the marriage, which took place in a Catholic parish in 2005, has not been annulled by the Church.

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Jun. 13, 2014 12:42 PM ET USA

    I think that an annulment would be a slam-dunk based on psychological grounds, because poor Alessandro must have some problems going back to the time before he was old enough to marry. But if neither he nor his wife applies for one, they are still assumed to be sacramentally married.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 13, 2014 8:35 AM ET USA

    And to think that the same people who deem this absurdity a question to be addressed seriously in a court of law, also poke fun at those who once wondered how many angels dance on the tip of a pin!

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