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  May 2016
 
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MEDIA SCAN
2-year Contract Marriages

Mexico City lawmakers 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 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. Luna says the proposed law is gaining support and he expects a vote by the end of this year. The church criticized the proposed change. "This reform is absurd. It contradicts the nature of marriage," said Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Mexican archdiocese.

 
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