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Judge Tells Man: "Marry Your Girlfriend Or Face Jail Time!"
So much for getting a choice! An East Texas man has been given quite the ultimatum - marry his girlfriend within 30 days or spend two weeks behind bars.
20-year-old Josten Bundy was being tried for a misdemeanor assault charge after getting into a fistfight with his girlfriend, Elizabeth's ex-boyfriend last February.
When the judge asked "Is she worth it?", Josten firmly agreed, saying that he has four sisters and if any man talked to any of the women in his wife the way her ex had, he would've done the same exact thing.
Afraid of Josten losing his job if he spent two weeks behind bars, the couple applied for their marriage license and got married in the courthouse. With only a few days to prepare, none of their family was able to attend.

"My father didn't get to go, and that really bothers me, I know he would have liked to be there. None of my sisters got to show up, it was such short notice, I couldn't get it together."

Also, turns out, an order to marry is kind of illegal.
According to attorney Blake Bailey, who practices constitutional law in the same county:

"To say you're not going to be criminally punished if you get married is way out of left field. It sounds like the old days of shotgun weddings, but not even the judge is capable of enforcing what he thinks is best for some people in his court."

What do you guys think? Do you think it's unfair that the judge forced them to get married? Or do you think it's a pretty good compromise compared to time behind bars?
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I think it was a good compromise to be honest. The only way this could be really serious is if the guy he beat up was in critical condition or dead. 馃槄
Welp. Not saying that's how you should start a marriage, but I hope that they will be happy anyways
@ChristinaBryce me too! I think they have the intention of having another (better!) ceremony later on.
@danidee I hope so, because that stinks :( I'd be really sad if my family couldn't come to my wedding... but why on EARTH does this judge think that getting married is going to somehow keep this man from fighting people?? It makes no sense to me.