Court allows 16-year-old to wed boyfriend
LUCINDA Law may only be 16, but the teenager knows her own heart and mind and is determined to marry her boyfriend, Glen Ramsay, 26, so the couple can develop their relationship to the next level and carry out missionary work for God.
Yesterday, Lucinda was ecstatic when Lismore Magistrate Nicholas Reimer gave his blessing and agreed they could wed after she appeared before him to state her case.
Clearly impressed by her evident maturity and the fact that the marriage was also sanctioned by her parents, the magistrate gave the necessary legal approval that was required because of her young age.
Outside the courtroom doors the overjoyed couple immediately embraced.
Ms Law, of Lillian Rock, watched by her proud parents, Greg and Lynelle, told the magistrate she was completing her home-based Year 10 schooling through the Australian Christian College and intended to do further studies.
Mr Reimer said the court could only give approval in exceptional circumstances.
“I believe as a Christian if a couple is to move on in a relationship we should be married,” Ms Law explained. “We want to work as missionaries and will wait for God's approval as to whatever we decide.”
Ms Law said the issue had been discussed with her parents and with their pastors, and all agreed the couple was mature enough.
Mr Ramsay, an IT specialist from Goonellabah, said in court he wanted the marriage to proceed because they were both strong Christians and did not believe in having sexual relations before marriage.
“We have a bond and don't wish to be separated,” he said. “Yes, we both wish to do missionary work. We have been courting for two years now. We have a purpose in life.”
Mr Reimer said he held a different view to some people and when parents gave their blessing, and both parties appeared to be mature and knew what they were talking about, and were 'very genuine' in their marriage application, he would grant them authority to marry.
“I'm just glad it's been approved,” Ms Law said afterwards.
She described herself as not being a career-driven young woman, but more a traditionalist; happy not to be a housewife, but a 'help-meet,' a phrase from the Bible when God created Eve for Adam to be a help meet.
The couple and the senior Laws now belong to Manifold Ministries, after breaking away from the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Mr Law said they had always taught their daughter to be responsible and she had spent more time in adult company than with her peers.
Mr Law even played cupid after his future son-in-law returned to New Zealand to continue his missionary work.
Realising his daughter was missing Glen he telephoned him and asked what he thought about Lucinda?
Glen quickly returned to Lismore to follow his heart.
Lismore Deputy Registrar Karryn Gavenlock said it was only the second time in 20 years working in NSW courts she knew of a similar application to marry.
It was the first time she had dealt with such a matter in the six years she had worked at Lismore Local Court.
The couple will marry at the House With No Steps at Alstonville in early February, with the bride wearing a wedding dress which has been already made by her grandmother, Pamela MacDougal.