A councillor in Brazil has proposed a new law to force brides to wear underwear at the altar.

Ozias Zizi claims that a growing number of women in his south-eastern town of Vila Velha are turning up to church with nothing on underneath their wedding dresses.

The superstitious brides believe it will make their marriages last longer, he explained.

The Brazilian Repulican Party (PRB) politician claims his new law, which would also put a lower limit on brides’ necklines, will save ministers of religion from embarrassment as they conduct weddings in the town.

He said: ‘There are a lot of women who believe that if they get married without wearing underwear this helps secure their nuptials for longer.

‘The person, in fact, can get married in whichever way they like, but the moment they enter a place of worship they must show some respect. And without underwear just won’t do.’

The councillor admitted that the law would be hard to enforce – ‘we couldn’t do any checks’ – but suggested that an educational campaign could ‘preserve our sacred places’.

A local pastor who takes weddings in the town branded the bill as ‘ridiculous’.

Deriding the bill, Enoch de Castro said: ‘There are women who make a choice to not use underwear. This has nothing to do with anything. It would be an absurd thing to try to have to police something like this, to find out whether a bride is wearing underwear or not.’

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