Mexico City is thinking about introducing temporary marriage contracts, thereby reacting to the fact that around 50% of marriages in that city fail within 2 years, according to this report :
Leftists in the city’s assembly — who have already riled conservatives by legalizing gay marriage — proposed a reform to the civil code this week that would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment, opting out of a lifetime.
The minimum marriage contract would be for two years and could be renewed if the couple stays happy. The contracts would include provisions on how children and property would be handled if the couple splits.
“The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends,” said Leonel Luna, the Mexico City assemblyman who co-authored the bill.
“You wouldn’t have to go through the tortuous process of divorce,” said Luna, from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, which has the most seats in the 66-member chamber.
“Leftists”, huh ! Anyway, I think this idea makes a lot of sense, and might save a lot of people from financial collapse, endless litigation, depression and traumatised children.
You may guess which organisation is strictly against this proposal :
“This reform is absurd. It contradicts the nature of marriage,” said Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Mexican archdiocese. “It’s another one of these electoral theatrics the assembly tends to do that are irresponsible and immoral.”
The “nature” of marriage for the Catholic Church of course being that it is preferable for 2 people who hate, or at least don’t love each other, to stay together just for the sake of it, rather than being allowed to seek new love and happiness with someone else. I mean, if we allow that to happen, we might end up with a stable society full of happy people, and we can’t have that, now can we ? Or maybe this god of theirs relies on all the negative emotions and hate from all the unhappily married Catholics for his powers, like some demented Sith lord.
I wish I could have had the chance to enter such a temporary contract when I decided to get married, how much money and tears it would have saved. This proposal makes a lot of sense, and I hope other countries will consider the idea as well.