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