Marriage is a Universal Human Right.
- (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
- (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
- (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
(and not for nothing, but nowhere is it explicit that men have to marry women (or women, men), though I can see where the more narrow-thinking among us might read the article that way. I wish that the UN authors had replaced “men and women” with “people,” but we work with what we have, I suppose…)