ROME (Reuters) - An impotent Italian man
who kept his problem a secret from his wife until after their wedding must pay
her damages for 'eroding' her right to have a family, Italy's Supreme Court has
The woman, identified by the Italian media as Cristina S., was quick to get her marriage annulled in the 1990s after learning to her horror that her husband could not consummate it.
She then demanded damages, saying she had been robbed of her "right to sexuality" and the promise of a family. Despite losing legal battles in lower courts, she kept appealing, and finally the Supreme Court found in her favor.
"Her fundamental right (was) eroded to fully realize a family, as a woman and a wife, and eventually as a mother," according to excerpts from the court ruling published in Italian newspapers Thursday.
The amount of damages will be settled by a lower court in Sicily, where the unhappy couple were married.
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