Mexico Mulls 2-year Marriage
October 1, 2011 by staff
Leftists in the assembly of the city – already angered conservatives by legalizing gay marriage – a proposed civil code reform last week that would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment, voluntary exclusion life.
The marriage contract would be at least two years and may be renewed if the couple is happy. The contracts include provisions on how children and the property would be handled if the couple separates.
“The proposal is, when the period of two years is over, if the relationship is not stable and harmonious, simply terminates the contract,” said Leonel Luna, Mexico City assemblyman who co-authored the measure.
“You do not have to go through the tortuous process of divorce,” said Luna, from the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, which has the largest number of seats in the House of 66 members.
Luna says the proposed law is gaining support and a vote expected later this year.
About half of Mexico City marriages end in divorce, usually in the first two years.
The bustling capital, one of the largest cities in the world, is much more liberal than the rest of the country where the divorce rate is significantly lower, but rising.
The abortion is legal in Mexico City, while the Supreme Court ruled this week to uphold the laws of the state of Baja California, who say that life begins at conception.
Leftist Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who angered the Catholic Church when Mexico City became the first Latin American city to legalize gay marriage in late 2009, announced this month that will soon leave his post to run for president.
The church criticized the proposed change.
“This reform is nonsense. Contradicts the very nature of marriage,” said Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico. “It’s another of those electoral theater all tend to do that are irresponsible and immoral.”
The Church has considerable influence in the country with the second largest population in the Catholic world, after Brazil.
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