A Brazilian councillor has proposed a law to force brides to wear knickers when they marry. Ozias Zizi claimed that a growing number of women in his south-eastern town of Vila Velha were turning up to church with nothing on underneath their wedding dresses, as they believed that it would make their marriages last longer.
The Brazilian Repulican Party (PRB) politician claimed that his new law, which would also put a lower limit on brides' necklines, would save ministers of religion from embarrassment as they conduct weddings in the town.
"There are a lot of women who believe that if they get married without wearing knickers this helps secure their nuptials for longer," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. "The person, in fact, can get married in whichever way they like, but the moment they enter a place of worship they must show some respect. And without knickers just won't do," he said.
The councillor admitted that it would be very hard to practically enforce the law, "we couldn't do any checks", but suggested that an educational campaign could "preserve our sacred places". A local pastor, Enoch de Castro, who takes weddings in the town branded the bill as 'ridiculous'.
"There are women who make a choice to not use underwear. This has nothing to do with anything," Castro said. "It would be an absurd thing to try to have to police something like this, to find out whether a bride is wearing knickers or not," he added.