A German couple who fled to Tennessee so they could homeschool their children have been granted political asylum by a U.S. immigration judge.

The decision, announced Tuesday in Memphis, clears the way for Uwe Romeike, his wife and five children to stay in Morristown, Tenn., where they have been living since 2008.

German state constitutions require children to attend public or private schools, and parents can face fines or prison time if they don't comply.

Romeike, an evangelical Christian, said he believes German curriculum is "against Christian values."

Attorney Mike Donnelly of the Home School Legal Defense Association advocacy group said he hopes the ruling will influence public opinion in Germany.