New Attack on Marriage: Temporary Marriages

With no-fault divorce, cohabitation, sexually active youth, and the counterfeiting of marriage not providing enough attacks on the institution of marriage, Mexico is stepping up and adding to the heat on society’s most fundamental and important institution by considering “temporary marriage.”

Didn’t they used to call that a “one night stand” or a “fling” or “shacking up?” A “temporary marriage” is like a “temporary permanent commitment.”

From Yahoo News:

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 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.

We’re really going to have to face up fast to the fact we should have seen before we started allowing people to counterfeit marriage: if marriage no longer has unique value and meaning, if marriage can mean anything you want it to, then marriage means nothing.

What they’re saying here is this: “Yeah, we want the same recognition and benefits society affords to married couples–but without agreeing to do the hard work for which society awards the recognition of ‘marriage,’ i.e. affirming the marital norm of producing society’s next generation and raising that generation in a stable, balanced home.”

Which is pretty much what homosexual activists said (had they been honest about what they wanted) when they insisted on being allowed to counterfeit marriage: “Yeah, we want the same recognition and benefits society affords to married couples, but without meeting the requirements for the necessary male and female components, and without producing any contribution to society’s next generation, and without providing the stable, balanced home that a husband/wife/mother/father provide to that next generation.

We used to have a name for this kind of infantile attitude of selfishness: having your cake and eating it, too.

There was another name for it, too: getting something for nothing.

HT: NOM Blog.

6 Responses to “New Attack on Marriage: Temporary Marriages”

  1. Conservative cartoonist Wayne Stayskal saw this kind of thing coming years ago. One of his cartoons showed a man kneeling down in front of a woman and saying something like, “I love you, Michelle. Will you marry me for a few years?”

  2. Unbelievable.  I don’t understand why we couldn’t see this coming.  Why not, when marriage can mean anything today and is as customizable as jewelry?

    But the children produced just don’t go away with the contract, and that is what is so immoral about this.

  3. One of the worst things to come out of the breakdown of marriage is the myth of “resilient children” — i.e., the idea that people can get out of a marriage for whatever selfish reason and the kids will be “OK,” or that kids raised in illegitimate household arrangements will be “OK.”

    I was abandoned by my father when young, and my kids were abandoned by their mother. Both I and they have only turned out “OK” by a cheap, woefully substandard measure that gets commonly used out of convenience.

  4. Too true. As a former cop, I spent far too much of my time dealing with the fallout of children from broken homes instead of the really hardened criminals. And I’ve seen it so many times in personal relationships.

    Resilient children–we expect them to suck it up while we as adults run from our marital problems.

    Resilient children–a part of the pernicious lie.

  5. I even hear more and more separating couples try to rationalize that the break up will be good for the children.  It’s unbelievable what mental gymnastics some will go through in order to justify sinful failure.

  6. It is a lie Bob, my parents split when I was small, they followed their feelings and did what they wanted.  Me and my siblings suffered the devastation.  Resilient children, what a crock.  We adapted and survived because we had no choice to do otherwise.