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Although the legal rules in civil matters state that marriage is concluded between a man and a woman, the term "spouses" from the fundamental law is likely to give rise to contradictions and interpretations, just based on the principle of "specialia generalibus derogant".
The Latin legal maxim and canon of statutory interpretation, 'generalia specialibus non derogant;' applies in the present instance.
INTERPRETATION 275 (2000); see Generalia Specialibus Non Derogant,
(66) Pierre-Andre Cote, The Interpretation of Legislation in Canada, 4th ed (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2011) ("A special provision in conflict with a general one will be interpreted as an exception to the general one: specialia generalibus derogant. In the event of conflict, the specific provision takes precedence" at 331).
interpretive principle of generalia specialibus non derogant (the
Despues de mencionar la posibilidad de que ese valor se determine en la propia Ley fundamental o en el Praefatio, se propone el texto que enuncia ese valor: <<Leges a suprema Ecclesiae auctoritate latae, ad normam praescriptorum Legis Fundamentalis intellegendae sunt, nisi expresse contrarium statuatur, atque quae eisdem derogant stricte sunt interpretandae; leges vero a quacumque auctoritate ecclesiastica inferiore latae, quae praescriptis Legis Fundamentalis sunt contrariae, omni vi carent>> (W.
the ancient interpretive principle that the specific governs the general (generalia specialibus non derogant) applies only to conflict between laws of equivalent dignity.