What is Article 16 and where does it come from?

Article 16 comes from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UDHR is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. This declaration was adopted on December 10, 1948.

This declaration revolves around 30 articles, which many say, give human beings moral rights. The UDHR is in some way, built into the laws of a country. However, those whom have agreed to this declaration honor the declaration or in some way alter them.

Article 16 states:
• 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.
• Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
• The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State


Although this article clearly states everyone has the right to marry who they wish, it is not honored around the world. One of the biggest controversies revolving the globe right now is same-sex marriage. Over 50 countries around the world do not allow same-sex marriage. Others allow it to some extent. Thirty-seven states in the U.S allow same-sex marriage and 13 completely ban same-sex marriage.