Lawmakers from the Party of the Democratic Revolution in Mexico City recently proposed a controversial new bill that would allow temporary marriage licenses, which can be discarded or renewed after a minimum two-year period.
If the legislation allowing temporary marriages is fully approved, it would allow Mexican couples to get a marriage license with an expiration date of a minimum two years. The bill would then allow couples to terminate the marriage if they do not renew their marriage contract. Couples could also opt to renew their contracts and continue to stay married.
Proponents of the bill point out that half of all marriages end already now end in divorce in Mexico City, and the new proposal would simply eliminate the need for couples to get a costly formal divorce unless they wanted to end their marriage before the two year limit was up. The Party contends that when the two-year trial period is up, if a relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract would simply expire and eliminate the need of divorce. The Party added that because two years is the minimum amount of time it takes to know and appreciate what life is like as a couple, those who did renew their contracts would have a better understanding of their partners.
Not everyone is thrilled with the new proposal. A spokesman for the Mexican archdiocese said the proposal is absurd and that it contradicts the nature of marriage. Other critics say it would promote a culture of disposability in a predominantly Catholic country where pre-marital sex is not looked on with favor. The critics contend that the concept of getting married for just two years could be an open invitation for men who have no long-term commitments in mind to try out a number of different sexual partners that they see only as temporary wives.