1. Any couple above 16 has the right to choose a conjugal life. Any kind of pressure in order to choose a spouse, begin or terminate a marriage should be outlawed.
2. To acquire official status for conjugal relationships in order to be included within the scope of laws, which are related to familial matters, registration in governmental offices will be sufficient. Registration of marriage should not be given any religious status. No form of religious ceremony should be allowed in the official registration of marriage. Performing a particular form of religious or traditional marriage ceremony has no role in considering a marriage as official or unofficial.
3. Prohibition of any form of bargaining and monetary exchange in the marriage such as marriage-portion, “shirbaha,” dowry etc.
4. Prohibition of polygamy and siqeh (temporary marriages).
5.Absolute equal rights for women and men in the family such as deciding the place to live, child custody cases and matters related to child education, decision making concerning the belongings of the family and its economic affairs and whatever that is related to conjugal relationship. Man’s privileged position as the head of family should be abolished in all laws and regulations. The right to direct the family should be passed to women and men equally.
6. Women and men should have the unconditional right to divorce. After divorce, women and men have absolutely equal rights and duties regarding children.
7. Women and men have equal rights concerning the belongings that have been acquired or have been used by all the family during their conjugal relationship.
8. The automatic attribution of father’s family name to children should be abolished. Choosing the family name of the children should be left to the mutual consent between the mother and the father. If an agreement is not reached children will bear the mother’s family name. The father and mother’s names should be removed from official ID cards (such as driving license, national identification card, etc.).
9. The state should support single-parent families. The state should especially support divorced single mothers or those who have given birth to a child without marriage against material pressure and backward morality.
10. Any form of backward and reactionary laws that consider extramarital sexual relationships as an offence should be abolished.
11. Any person that has reached the age of sexual maturity has the irreversible right to freely participate in sexual relationships with other adults.
12. The age of sexual maturity for both women and men is 15. Sexually mature people (adults) do not have the right to have sexual relationship with those who have not arrived at the age of sexual maturity even though with consent; this is considered a criminal offence.
13. All sexually mature women and men have the right to decide about their sexual relationship with other sexually mature persons. A voluntary sexual relationship between adults is their private affair and no person or authority has the right to intervene or expose it.
14. All people, especially the youth, should be educated about sex, safe preventative methods, and methods of avoiding sexually transmitted diseases. Sexual education should become a part of curriculum of high schools. The state has the immediate duty to inform the widest public and promote people’s scientific consciousness about different aspects of sexual life and individual’s rights in sexual relationships through advertisements, forming mobile clinics and educational teams, special campaigns and TV and radio programmes or through any other effective way.
15. Contraceptives and means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases should be widely accessible free of charge.
To protest and object to the reactionary Family Bill of the Islamic Republic we call upon all activists of women and children’s rights, revolutionaries, libertarian and egalitarian organisations, political parties, and all the people to unite around this platform.