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False story: Brother and sister allowed to marry after 10-year court battle — A Rejoinder
The story we published on August 21, 2019 about brother and sister who reportedly won the right to marry after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States has been proven to be false in its entirety including the images that was used to represent the subjects of the content.
Within Nigeria is utterly appalled after discovering that we’ve spread a false information, we sincerely regret our action and apologizes for creating great deal of misinformation among our readers.
Read the false story below:
A New Jersey brother and sister have won the right to marry after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States.
In a 5-to-4 ruling, five judges unanimously granted the appeal by James Banes, 41, and Victoria Banes, 38, today after a ten-year-long battle.
The overjoyed pair said they did it for the ‘millions of Americans who have consensual incestuous relationships and who are living in fear’ and blasted the Government for wasting taxpayers’ money fighting their challenge.
“Incest has been practiced by humans since the dawn of time. If Adam and Eve hadn’t done it, the human race would not be here today,” James Banes told reporters after his historic victory.
The Banes family lawyer, Julianne Grey, argued that criminalizing incestuous marriage while first-cousin marriage was legal in the state of New Jersey was a nonsensical and discriminatory measure.
“Why am I allowed to bang my cousin but not my sister? It just doesn’t make any sense,” James Banes criticized outside of court.
The couple that was currently facing up to 15 years in jail said that they were now planning to start a large family and enjoy their newly found freedom.
“We’ve always dreamed of having a big family, now this dream will become a reality” added Victoria Banes, who also told reporters she is pregnant and expecting twins.
Previously, New Jersey state laws only allowed first-cousin marriages but since the landmark ruling, New Jersey is now the only state in the country to also allow incestuous marriages.”
According to Lead Stories, a certified fact checker, the story above has been discovered to be fictional. It originated from fictional article published by World News Daily Report on August 6, 2019 and the the website is popularly known for hoaxes that are mistaken for news.
The picture used to illustrate the story actually shows a heterosexual couple in Britain who won the right to get a civil partnership instead of a marriage in 2018:
Read the story on dailymail.co.uk
Once again, Within Nigeria sincerely regret our action and apologizes for creating a great deal of misinformation among our readers.