Woman denied marriage license because her fiance is disabled
John & Collette have been together 38 years and they intended to be married a few years ago. John had surgery in November 2009 and experienced complications that damaged his brain; he is now in a permanent vegetative state. Collette was named his guardian; as such, she could pull the plug on him if he was on life support (he isn't). She could also divorce him if they had already been married before his injury. But she can't marry him now that he's disabled. Collette argues that, as his guardian, she can can enter into any contract or perform any act that would effectuate the ward's wishes. No one doubts that John wished to marry Collette but he is now unable to speak or write to express those wishes now. Collette tried to apply for a marriage license but was denied because the county clerk said that John could not give his personal consent to the marriage. Should they be allowed to marry? Or do you think the court is correct that John would need to give his personal consent in some way?
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