A forbidden romance that shocked the whole world. The two brothers fell in love with each other and had four children. When the relationship came to light in 2001, their story caused a storm in the press. Now the couple has vowed to challenge the laws of matrimony in Germany, which prohibit sexual intercourse between brothers. In addition, the two claim to be together for their children.
Susan Karolevsky was reunited with her older brother, Patrick Stubbing, 20 years later, when she was three years old when she was adopted in East Germany and escaped from their abusive home. But six months after the death of their biological mother, the two, aged 16 and 23, described their love affair with each other as a chaotic affair.
The couple has four children, two of whom are severely disabled, while Patrick has been serving two prison terms since being convicted of sexual misconduct. In 2012, Patrick appealed to the Human Rights Court, claiming that he and Susan had a right to family life in an attempt to shut down his shocking union. Speaking at the time, Patrick said, “We have no guilt about what happened between us.
We want the law criminalizing sex to be abolished. Patrick was born into a struggling family in Leipzig in 1977 and was one of eight children. At the age of three, he was detained after being stabbed by his drunken father.
He was adopted by foster parents at the age of 7 in the town of Portstam, about 160 miles away. His sister Susan was born in 1984, the day their parents’ divorce ended. Susan, who is mentally ill, grew up in the same abusive family from which her brother was able to escape and was illiterate, illiterate.
Some of the six siblings died after being born with defects. The two finally met in 2000, when Patrick searched for his biological family, but their relationship intensified six months after their mother, Anna Marie, died of a heart attack.
Susan became very addicted to her brother. She was 16 when she and then 23-year-old Patrick were engaged to be married. Speaking to The Mail in 2007, he said: “We both stayed up late at night talking to each other about our beliefs and dreams.”
Susan said: “We did not know each other as children, it was not the same for us. We fell in love as adults, our love was real. We could do nothing about it. We were both attracted to each other, nature took its course. It was so simple. What else can we do? We followed instincts and hearts.
Until October 2001, Susan became pregnant with her first child and gave birth to a severely disabled baby boy, Eric. A nurse contacted German police on suspicion that Patrick had previously served a one-year suspended sentence while 17-year-old Susan was being held in juvenile custody.
The couple continued to meet secretly, and Susan had three more children. Nancy, Sofia and another daughter Sarah were also born with defects. Patrick was sentenced to ten months in prison for his second offense and then to a third time for a further two and a half years. Couples do not admit that small children are born with disabilities due to marital relationship.
Two children are disabled
Speaking in 2007, Patrick said: “Our two children have disabilities, but with the fact that we are brothers, it is not necessary. We have transgender people in our family.
When Patrick was behind bars, Susan told reporters she could not live without him – even though she had given birth to a fifth child with another man.
Patrick underwent a vasectomy in 2004 and attempted to change the illegal sex law in an attempt to escape from prison.
But in 2008, the German Federal Constitutional Court upheld the law and dismissed its appeal. In 2012, Patrick appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that the couple had a right to family life and privacy. The appeal was again dismissed after the court ruled that the brothers had been treated fairly by German authorities.
The couple visited their foster home frequently with their son Eric, and excitedly said that if their first child had not been picked up they would no longer have children. “When you see your child being cared for by someone else when they need to be with you, it is hard for any parent to bear. If he is disabled, this is another reason why we should take care of him.
Speaking of his vasectomy, he said, “There is no reason to shut me up now. I do not want to go to jail again. I know we will not give up on each other. If anyone suspects our love, they should see that we are not separated.”
In 2014, German ethics council voted in favor of allowing the relationship between brothers. After reviewing the case of the German couple, it was argued that the risk of disability was not sufficient to justify the law. Because prostitution between brothers is illegal, the law still exists in Germany.
The couple is still believed to be living together in East Germany.
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