Woman sues her husband for $600,000 as compensation after finding out he’s gay

Woman sues her husband for $600,000 as compensation after finding out he’s gay

A woman in Cape Town, South Africa, attempted to sue her husband for R9million (approx. $600,000) after discovering he is gay. The pair had been married for just under six years when he came out to her.

Times Live reports that the unnamed woman applied to the Cape Town High Court for R5million ($331,000) to compensate for her emotional pain and psychological trauma. She wanted a further R4million ($266,000) for loss of income and “financial prejudice.”

To back up her claim, her attorney, Fareed Moosa, submitted a 368-page Rule 43 application. This is a legal attempt to obtain money for maintenance ahead of a divorce settlement being agreed upon.

The lengthy document explained the husband’s coming out process, “in the finest and most intimate detail” according to Judge Mark Sher – who no doubt had to read the entire 368 pages.

It included reports of the husband’s private internet browsing history and private communications with others – including WhatsApp messages with a local priest.

The judge criticized the document, which he said had included everything but “the proverbial kitchen sink” and, in his eyes, constituted an abuse of process.

“The basis for the damages claim and the extraordinary sums which are sought … is that the [husband] is alleged to have ‘misrepresented’ to her, prior to their marriage, that he was a heterosexual male who wished to marry her so that they could have children in a heterosexual, monogamous marriage,” said Judge Sher in his judgment on Wednesday.

However, the judge was left unimpressed. Not only did he dismiss the case, but he ordered the woman’s attorney to forfeit his fees and pay the husband’s costs. He blasted the attorney for including so much personal information in the application.

“Publication of this material could be said to constitute an unjustified breach of [the husband’s] right to privacy, if not that of [the wife] herself … All of this material is clearly devoid of relevance.”

The attorney, Moosa, says they will appeal the judgment.

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  1. Rehoboth
    November 03, 06:58 Reply

    Moral of the story
    1. Don’t come out after marriage
    2. Always clear your browsing history
    3. Always clear your incriminating messages on all social media
    Be safe, MGMs ?

  2. Mitch
    November 03, 07:33 Reply

    Gay men still marry women in South Africa? With their liberal laws and everything? Black Jesus take the wheel!

    • Francis
      November 03, 14:48 Reply

      Gay rights didn’t kill homophobia na.

  3. Yazz
    November 03, 10:39 Reply

    Women bear the brunt of this things in a society..
    Even sometimes when everyone knows the man is gay.
    It is still her duty to be faithful

    • Peter Okeugo
      November 04, 07:21 Reply

      This reminds me of an Igbo proverb: “The thief is not ashamed as the father.” But then, who sent the father to be ashamed? Who sent the woman to be faithful? If a woman finds out her husband is gay and not heterosexual; and she still punishes herself by remaining in that marriage, what exactly is her plan? To convert the man? Or soak her chaplet inside holy water for 21 days hoping to convert the man? That faithfulness should be redirected to herself that she is already cheating on by clinging to a man who is gay.

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