Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Marriage with an expiration date....

Mexico City legislators have come up with a solution to rampant divorce rates: build divorce into the marriage itself:
[L]awmakers want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by giving them an easy exit strategy: temporary marriage licenses.
Leftists in the city’s assembly — who have already riled conservatives by legalizing gay marriage — proposed a reform to the civil code this week that would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment, opting out of a lifetime.
The minimum marriage contract would be for two years and could be renewed if the couple stays happy. The contracts would include provisions on how children and property would be handled if the couple splits.
“The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends,” said Leonel Luna, the Mexico City assemblyman who co-authored the bill.
“You wouldn’t have to go through the tortuous process of divorce,” said Luna, from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, which has the most seats in the 66-member chamber.
If the spouse measures up, you can re-up; if not, return, no questions asked.  You know my Ford dealer has a love it or leave it policy.  He uses it not because he is afraid you may not be happy with a Ford, no, he does that because he is convinced that the Fords he sells will not disappoint you.  I guess he does not get many back.  Would that we were so confident about the choice of a spouse!

4 comments:

Rev. Eric J Brown said...

It's the lease plan... if it works for cars....

Anonymous said...

This thinking is a rehash from 10
years when a famed marriage counselor
suggested that marriage should be
a contract. It could be renewed each
year on the wedding anniversary date.

Christians will always believe that
marriage is a lifelong commitment
between one man and one woman. It is
not a contract to be renewed or
a probationary status to be examined
for defects.

Steven Goodrich said...

This reminds me of the licensure of Deacons in our Synod

Cas said...

Some years ago, a couple came to my pastor to plan their wedding. They told him that they were regarding their marriage as five-year contract and that after five years, if both parties were not happy, they would just end things. Otherwise, they would 'renew' their marriage for another five years.

He declined to do the wedding and I'm guessing he said a few things to them that he chose not to tell me when he related the story.