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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 7, 1903
(1903)

Peru,   pp. 694-695 PDF (412.9 KB)


Page 694

 PERU.694 
LAW GOVERNING MARRIAGES BETWEEN NON-CATHOLICS. 
JJfr. ]V~iII to 27fr. Hay. 
No. 822.] LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Lima, IVovember 26, 1903. 
 SIR: Referring to the communications sent from this legation regarding marriages
between non-Catholics in Peru, I have the honor to transmit for your information
copies of a recent law on this question. 
 II appears, according to article 71 of the constitution (mentioned in this
new law): "If the Executive does not order the law so passed to be promulgated
and complied with, nor make its observations within ten days, according to
the terms of article 69, the promulgation shall be made by the president
of Congress, and he shall order it to be inserted for its execution in some
newspaper." 
 This new law is as follows: In order to come within the precepts of the
law of December 23, 1897, it will be sufficient for the mayor to authorize
the marriage, that either of the contracting parties should declare that
he or she never belonged to the Catholic community, or that he or she has
separated himself or herself from it. 
 The decree of October 25, 1903, was not opportunely promulgated by the Executive,
and in virtue of the said article 71 of the constitution, Señor Nicañor
Alvarez Calderón, president of Congress, ordered it to be printed,
circulated, and communicated to the bureau of justice, worship, and instruction,
in order that the necessary steps be taken for its observation. This on the
23d of November, 1903. 
I have, etc., 
RICHARD R. NEILL. 
[Inclosure—Translation] 
Non- Catholic marriages. 
NIcA~oR ALVAREZ OALDERON, 
President of Congress: 
 Whereas Congress has dictated the following law: 
 Sole article: In order to come within the precepts of the law of December
23, 1897, it will be sufficient for the mayor to authorize the marriage,
that either of the contracting parties should declare that he or she never
belonged to the Catholic community, or that he or she has separated himself
or herself from it. 


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