In a twisted, bizarre, diabolical way, this makes sense. If all marriage means, as gay rights activists have told us over and over, is that two people luuuuuuv each other and are haaaaaapy together, then why shouldn't marriages end the second that's no longer the case: no muss, no fuss, no divorce, no harm, no foul? The couple (or group--I'm sure the number part of the definition will be the last to fall) simply divides up the assets, the children, and the family pets according to the prearranged terms of the contract, and goes to find someone else with whom they can share contracted happy temporary conjugal bliss--because isn't that all there is to love, anyway?
(Reuters) - 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.
"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.
Luna says the proposed law is gaining support and he expects a vote by the end of this year.
Of course, one could imagine the marital tension in homes escalating as the renewal date of the contract looms closer, not to mention the confusion for the poor children as they ask, "Are you and Daddy really married, or only temporarily married? Will I have to go live with Daddy and his new girlfriend when the contract expires?" etc. But nothing--let us say it clearly!--nothing must stand in the way of the selfishness of the adults out there who want to have their wedding cake and eat at the illusion of total radically selfish individualism, too. If homes are destroyed, children devastated, and cultures and societies brought to tottering ruin, we can still claim it as a victory provided that individual selfishness is exalted as the one truly prevailing and lasting human virtue.
And--if I may slightly misquote my talented sister who really ought to publish some of those poems of hers, someday--Satan's hysterical laughter will echo through the empty darkness.