Australian Christian couple Nick and Sarah Jensen famously vowed to divorce if same-sex marriage is legalized.
In 2015, Nick wrote in the Canberra City News: ‘The decision to divorce is not one we’ve taken lightly.’
The couple will divorce, but remain together, and continue to have children. They’ll even continue to call each other ‘husband’ and wife’ and consider themselves married in the eyes of God.
But the couple say it’s a form of protest.
Jensen explains: ‘As Christians, we believe marriage is not a human invention. My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognise the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnization of same sex couples.’
As a result, the couple argue if same-sex marriage is legalized, their marriage is no longer in line with ‘foundational’ building block of society.
He explains: ‘By changing the definition of marriage, “marriage” will, in years to come, have an altogether different sense and purpose.’
Many questioned the logic behind getting a divorce, when that in itself is a sin.
Nick Jensen wrote a follow-up article to explain the negative reaction. He said: ‘When we make the statement that we would get a “divorce”, it is really more of an annulment of our “State marriage”. Our marriage under our church and God would still remain, and in this way we would not have broken any of our wedding vows or Biblical definitions.’
Basically, the couple say it’s feasible because there’s a difference between state laws and church laws.
Gay Star News approached Nick Jensen for comment but did not receive a response.
Australians vote yes to marriage equality
On 15 November, Australians voted a resounding yes to a non-binding same-sex marriage postal survey.
61.6% of Australians voted yes for marriage equality, with a turnout of almost 80% of eligible voters – about 12.6 million people.
This is just the first step to Australian marriage equality though. MPs still need to introduce a bill to legislate it into Australian law.
The Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull revealed Australians could have marriage equality laws before Christmas this year.
He said in a statement: ‘They voted “yes” for fairness. They voted “yes” for commitment. They voted “yes” for love. Now it is up to us, here in the Parliament of Australia, to get on with it.’