A Two-Year Marriage Contract?

mormon Christian familyIn another set-back to the future of marriage, leftists in Mexico City are proposing an amendment to create a two-year marriage contract.  About half the city’s marriages end in divorce (and this, in a Catholic society), most within the first two years.

The proposed legislation…

…would allow for temporary marriage contracts and give couples the freedom to opt out of a lifetime commitment. The reformed civil code would outline issues including custody of children and shared property, but only requires a couple to sign for a minimum of two years. [1]

If the new relationship is not a happy one, it just ends, otherwise the couple can opt to renew the contract.   For conservatives, and especially the Catholic clergy, the proposal is controversial and a threat to marriage as a sacred covenant.

The capital city’s leftist mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, angered conservatives and the church when he signed off on the legalization of gay marriage in 2009, making Mexico City the first Latin American city to do so. Ebrard announced this month he would soon step down to seek the country’s presidency.

Despite the church’s substantial influence on the population, most of the 66 seats in the chamber belong to members of the leftist party. A vote on the marriage-license proposal is expected by the end of the year. [1]