Yes, a Texas Judge Said Marry Your Girlfriend or Go to Jail

A young couple in East Texas was ordered to marry after the boyfriend assaulted his girlfriend’s ex-partner.

By Alexandra Hart and Laura RiceAugust 17, 2015 4:17 pm, ,

Can a judge force you to get married?

That’s the question that’s been buzzing online, after a Smith County judge ordered a 21 year-old man to marry his 19 year-old girlfriend after he assaulted her ex-boyfriend.

The story has gone viral. But as strange as it may sound, this unorthodox sentence is just one of a handful of “shaming”-type sentences that have made headlines in the past few years.

Evan Young, an attorney with Baker Botts in Austin, joined the Standard to discuss the legality behind the judge’s call.

For the full interview, listen to the audio at the top of the page.