It’s probably the best thing to ever happen to marriage since the freaking cake. Members of Mexico City’s city assembly have proposed to allow couples to decide on the length of their marriage commitment so that it doesn’t include the scary idea of “until you die.”
Since half of Mexico City marriages end in two years anyway, leftists in the city assembly are proposing that couples be given the option to commit for two years minimum. Couples could renew if the marriage is going well or to allow the contract to simply end without painful, messy divorce (the contracts would include how property and child custody would be handled should the couple chose not to renew).
Of course since nobody loses with a proposal like this, somebody’s agin’ it.
“The church criticized the proposed change,” Reuters says, meaning the Catholic church. Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Mexican archdiocese, said the proposal was against the nature of marriage and “It's another one of these electoral theatrics the assembly tends to do that are irresponsible and immoral.”
Mexico City was the first Latin American city to legalize gay marriage, back in 2009.
Leonel Luna, from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, which has the most seats in the 66-seat chamber, expects a vote by the end of the year.