Mohawk community's 'marry out, get out' law ruled unconstitutional

A Quebec judge has ruled that a Mohawk community's so-called ''marry out, get out'' law is unconstitutional.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Thomas Davis declared a membership rule designed to preserve Mohawk culture is discriminatory and violates the federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The case was heard in court last year over a rule commonly referred to as ``marry out, get out,'' which states that anyone who marries a non-Indigenous person must leave the territory.

A group of 16 plaintiffs banded together to challenge the membership policy in Kahnawake, a Mohawk territory just south of Montreal.

The rule has been around for more than three decades and the council argued in court it was ``theoretical'' and no one has ever been removed by force from the territory.

But the judge said in his ruling it was clearly demonstrated that people's lives had been affected.