Fact Check

Were a New Jersey Brother and Sister Allowed to Marry After Lengthy Court Battle?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Nov 29, 2019

Bride and groom holding their hands together (Getty Images/Stock photo)
Bride and groom holding their hands together (Image Via Getty Images/Stock photo)
A New Jersey brother and sister were allowed to marry after a 10-year court battle.

On Aug. 6, 2019, World News Daily Report published an article positing that a brother and sister from the state of New Jersey had been granted permission to marry after a long court battle.


A New Jersey brother and sister have won the right to marry after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States.

In a 5-to-4 ruling, five judges unanimously granted the appeal by James Banes, 41, and Victoria Banes, 38, today after a ten-year-long battle.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

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Although the story is fake, the picture that World News Daily Report used depicted a real couple, although that couple is not related by blood. The people pictured: Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld, a British couple who fought for and won the right to have their union recognized as a civil partnership rather than a marriage in 2018.

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