A couple who refused to the shake hands with those interviewing them during their citizenship application, has withdrawn their appeal challenging its rejection, according to the newspaper Le Matin.
Pierre-Antoine Hildbrand, a local politician who interviewed the couple last spring told Keystone-ATS that the couple’s application was rejected by a majority of the municipality of Lausanne on his advice.
According to the municipality, the couple’s refusal to shake hands with members of the opposite sex during the interview was a key part of their decision to reject their application. The pair also refused to respond to questions posed by members of opposing gender.
This decision is important because it has significance beyond Lausanne and reminds people of the principle of equality between men and women and underlines the fact that the constitution is above bigotry, according to Hildbrand.
The municipality was informed by the tribunal several weeks ago that the appeal had been withdrawn, said Hilbrand, who added “we are satisfied that the decision is now definitive.”
No explanation was given for why the appeal had been dropped.