Muslim Couple Denied Swiss Citizenship for Refusing to Shake Hands With Opposite Sex

(Yahoo News) The city of Lausanne in Switzerland has blocked a Muslim couple from becoming Swiss nationals over their refusal to shake hands with members of the opposite sex.

The municipality said it refused to grant the couple’s citizenship application over their lack of respect for gender equality, Lausanne mayor Gregoire Junod said, according to the Guardian.

Junod said the municipal commission had questioned the couple several months ago to determine whether they met the criteria for citizenship. However, according to the panel, the couple did not meet the standards for immigrant integration.

The stated immigrant integration policy is “living together peacefully and offering equal opportunities to all.”

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