Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Title III, Article 21:
- Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be prohibited.
If we follow the text's logic, does this mean setting a minimum voting age is discriminatiory as it would disenfranchize a certain demographic (i.e. people under 18 in most member states)?
I know that this is not a controversial topic right now, but I'm still quite bothered by the implication of the wording on a theoretical level. For instance, it might mean age-restriction for marriage is also discriminatory (thus child marriage is okay). Surely, that can't be the case.
Am I understanding the text correctly? If yes, how would EU legal system handle this contradiction?