Mexico City proposes 2-year marriage licenses for newlyweds

Mexico City looking to bring divorce rates with 2-year marriage licenses for newlyweds proposal. / adamjonfuller(flick)

Most couples who tie the knot vow to stand beside one another until death, but in Mexico City, it could be at least two years. Lawmakers there have come up with a strategy to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by proposing temporary marriage licenses.

According to a Reuters article, 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.

Luna says the proposed law is gaining support and he expects a vote by the end of this year. Publish reports say around half of Mexico City marriages end in divorce, usually in the first two years.

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Read more: Reuters