MEXICO: by Babette FrancisNews Weekly
Marriage ... with a two-year expiry date!
, October 29, 2011
Advocates for same-sex marriage have assured the public they do not want to diminish the status of marriage, only to enhance it.
However in Mexico City, which legalised same-sex “marriage” in 2010, lawmakers are proposing two-year marriage licences as a way to cut down on clogged courts and messy divorces.
The City Assembly of Mexico City has proposed that the licence would contain within it the outlines of how the marriage would be dissolved at the end of two years if the parties wished to end it, and the contracts would include detailed provisions on the custody of children and division of property.
Conservative groups have reacted with dismay. “At first I thought it was a hoax,” Consuelo Mendoza of the National Union of Parents told the BBC World Service. “This initiative creates a culture of disposability within important societal issues.”
The Catholic Church has also criticised the plan. “This reform is absurd. It contradicts the nature of marriage” said Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Mexican Catholic archdiocese.
But that maybe is exactly what the same-sex marriage activists want, because many of their liaisons last less than two years.
Babette Francis, B.Sc. (Hons), is national coordinator of Endeavour Forum Inc.