Couple vows to divorce if same-sex marriage is legalized
A Christian couple in Australia that has been happily married for 10 years says they're willing to throw their sacred union down the drain should same sex couples legally be allowed to marry.
"Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God," Nick Jensen and his wife Sarah explained in an op-ed for the Canberra City News. "And the marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognizes God's involvement or authority in it."
The couple will "refuse to recognize the government's regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnization of same sex couples."
The magazine's editor says the Jensen's op-ed "does not reflect the opinion of the paper," but does offer "an interesting angle" to the debate about same-sex marriage legalization.
Some on the Internet called it malarkey:
Nick's brother even addressed the couple's protest: "You may have been made aware in the last 24 hours of my brother, Nick Jensen, and his statement that he will seek a divorce if homosexuals are allowed to marry. He has stated a very strong position against marriage equality... I disapprove of what my brother has said, but I will defend to the death his right to say it. And your right to respond. But let's do so in a way that is constructive."
Australia's parliament is scheduled to vote on the marriage equality legislation by the end of the year.