Kerry Robertson, who has mild learning difficulties, was told her wedding was being halted just 48 hours before she was to walk up the aisle with fiance Mark McDougall.Say what...?
Miss Robertson, 17, had bought her wedding dress and the couple had booked the church ceremony, bought the rings and organised a reception to be held last Saturday
But two days before they were due to say their vows in front of 20 guests, social services told the bride-to-be that she would have to cancel the big day because she 'did not understand the implications of getting married'.
Miss Robertson, of Dunfermline, Fife, has been in the care of her grandmother since she was nine months old after her parents were unable to look after her, with her welfare overseen by social workers at Fife council.So when she moved in with a man, they couldn't care less. When she got pregnant, they couldn't care less (though I just bet they have plans for this baby...).
In January this year, she met Mr McDougall, a 25-year-old artist from Arbroath. When Miss Robertson became pregnant, they began making wedding plans.
Mr McDougall said their nightmare began last Thursday when two social workers arrived at the flat they have shared for the past four months.
He said: 'We were about to go out and make final arrangements for our wedding when we heard a frantic rapping at the door.
'When we opened it, two social workers burst in and told us that the marriage was illegal because Kerry has learning difficulties and did not possess the capacity to make such a decision.
'Kerry burst into tears. 'But despite arguing with the social workers that we loved one another and didn't want our baby to be born to unmarried parents, they wouldn't budge.'
But when they decided to get married, they waited until the last minute, and halted it. Because they could.
Legally, if the system works the same in Scotland as in England, they could do absolutely nothing about the other two things (not without incurring the wrath of the HRA, anyway), but this one, they could. And so they did.
It's all about power with these people, isn't it? Power, and sticking it to the little people purely to show them who is in charge...