12/10/2011 06:08 BST | Updated 11/12/2011 05:12 GMT

Supreme Court Rules Against Ban On Young Foreign Spouses Entering UK

Banning foreign spouses aged between 18 and 21 from entering the UK is not a lawful way of dealing with the problem of forced marriages, the Supreme Court has ruled.

By a 4-1 majority, the highest court in the land rejected an appeal by Home Secretary Theresa May against a Court of Appeal decision which outlawed the ban as "arbitrary and disruptive".

Wednesday's ruling upholding the appeal judges is a victory for two couples who had fallen victim to changes to the immigration rules that prevented non-European under 21s from obtaining visas to join their British partners in the UK.