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EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Article 9 - Right to marry and right to found a family

Article 9 - Right to marry and right to found a family

The right to marry and the right to found a family shall be guaranteed in accordance with the national laws governing the exercise of these rights.

  • Text:

    This Article is based on Article 12 of the ECHR, which reads as follows: "Men and women of marriageable age have the right to marry and to found a family according to the national laws governing the exercising of this right." The wording of the Article has been modernised to cover cases in which national legislation recognises arrangements other than marriage for founding a family. This Article neither prohibits nor imposes the granting of the status of marriage to unions between people of the same sex. This right is thus similar to that afforded by the ECHR, but its scope may be wider when national legislation so provides.

    Source:
    Official Journal of the European Union C 303/17 - 14.12.2007
    Preamble - Explanations relating to the Charter of Fundamental Rights:
    These explanations were originally prepared under the authority of the Praesidium of the Convention which drafted the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Although they do not as such have the status of law, they are a valuable tool of interpretation intended to clarify the provisions of the Charter.

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  • La Constitution Belge
    Country:
    Belgium

    Article 21 (...) Le mariage civil devra toujours précéder la bénédiction nuptiale, sauf les exceptions à établir par la loi, s'il y a lieu.

  • The Belgian Constitution
    Country:
    Belgium

    Article 21 (...) A civil wedding should always precede the blessing of the marriage, apart from the exceptions to be established by the law if needed.

  • European Convention on Human Rights - Article 12
    Country:
    Austria

    Article 12

    Men and women of marriageable age have the right to marry and to found a family, according to the national laws governing the exercise of this right.

  • Konvention zum Schutze der Menschenrechte und Grundfreiheiten
    Country:
    Austria

    Artikel 12 Mit Erreichung des heiratsfähigen Alters haben Männer und Frauen gemäß den einschlägigen nationalen Gesetzen das Recht, eine Ehe einzugehen und eine Familie zu gründen.

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