Procedure for the Celebration of Marriages before the Party (or the New State)

The Marriage Law of the Communist Party of Peru and the People's Republic of Peru in Formation.

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PROCEDURE FOR THE CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGES BEFORE THE PARTY (OR THE NEW STATE)

Central Committee
Communist Party of Peru
Unknown Date

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This document of the Communist Party of Peru constituted the Marriage Law of the Party and the People‘s Republic of Peru in Formation during the people‘s war. It forms a basis for an understanding of the topic of class love.

PROCEDURE FOR THE CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGES BEFORE THE PARTY (OR THE NEW STATE)

We here present are gathered to celebrate the marriage ceremony before the Party. Marx taught us:

«The direct, natural, and necessary relation of person to person is the relation of man to woman. In this natural species-relationship the human being‘s relation to nature is immediately its relation to the human being, just as its relation to the human being is immediately its relation to nature — its own natural destination. In this relationship, therefore, is sensuously manifested, reduced to an observable fact, the extent to which the human essence has become nature to the human being, or to which nature to it has become the human essence of the human being. From this relationship one can therefore judge the human being‘s whole level of development. From the character of this relationship follows how much the human being as a species-being, as the human being, has come to be itself and to comprehend itself; the relation of man to woman is the most natural relation of human being to human being. It therefore reveals the extent to which the human being‘s natural behaviour has become human, or the extent to which the human essence in it has become a natural essence — the extent to which its human nature has come to be natural to it. This relationship also reveals the extent to which the human being‘s need has become a human need; the extent to which, therefore, the other person as a person has become for it a need — the extent to which it in its individual existence is at the same time a social being.»i

Mariátegui wrote:

«The Life You Gave Me

I was reborn in your 14th-century flesh like that of Botticelli‘s spring. I chose you among all, because I felt you the most diverse and the most distant. You were in my destiny. You were God‘s design. Like a corsair batel, without knowing it, I was looking for the most serene harbor to anchor. I was the beginning of your death; you are the beginning of my life. I had the pre-sentiment of you in the naïve painting of the 400. I began to love you before I met you, in a primitive painting. Your ancient health and grace awaited my sadness of pale and swarthy South American. Your rural Sienese maiden colors were my first feast. And your tonic possession under the Latin sky, entangled in my soul a serpentine of joy.

Because of you, my bloody path has three dawns. And now that you are a little pale, without your old Tuscan Madonna colors, I feel that the life you lack is the life you gave me.

José Carlos Mariátegui»ii

The relationship between a man and a woman is the most direct and strictly human relationship; it constitutes a social relationship. When those who contract that relationship are communists (or revolutionaries) that union must contribute to the struggle that both carry out for communism (or for the revolution).

Today, as we live in the 3rd Moment of contemporary Peruvian society and as our people rise up in arms under the directorship of the Communist Party of Peru to transform society through the people‘s war from the countryside to the city, the comrades (or colleagues) […] have decided to contract a marriage so that their union may serve the development of our revolution.

In the name of the Communist Party of Peru (or the new State) which represents the new society, and before the witnesses, comrades (or colleagues) […], I declare them husband and wife, so that they may support, help and assist each other and thus serve the revolution more and better.

CENTRAL COMMITTEE
COMMUNIST PARTY OF PERU


i Karl Marx: Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 (April-August 1844)

ii J. C. Mariátegui: The Novel and Life