ARTICLE 23 OF THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT OF CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS

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1. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society

and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

2. The right of men and women of marriageable age to marry and

to found a family shall be recognized.

3. No marriage shall be entered into without the free and full

consent of the intending spouses.

4. States Parties to the present Covenant shall take appropriate

steps to ensure equality of rights and responsibilities of spouses

as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. In the

case of dissolution, provision shall be made for the necessary

protection of any children.