An Australian Christian couple are threatening to divorce after what they say is 10 years of loving marriage if the right to marry is extended to same-sex couples in Australia.
‘My wife and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary. But later this year, we may be getting a divorce,’ Nick Jensen wrote in a cover story published today by the Canberra CityNews.
‘The reason has nothing to do with the state of our marriage. We were married at 21 after being high-school sweethearts for several years before that. In fact, my wife is the only woman I have ever loved, the mother of our children, my perfect match.’
However the couple say that while they will legally dissolve their relationship they will continue to live together, continue to have sex with each other and continue to refer to each other as ‘husband’ and ‘wife.’
‘God willing, we’ll have more children.,’ Jensen wrote, ‘So why do this? …The reason … is that, as Christians, we believe marriage is not a human invention.’
‘Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God’s intimate story for human history … My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognize the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnization of same sex couples.’
Jensen claims that allowing same-sex couples to marry will fundamentally change the nature of the institution and that many Christian denominations will simply stop performing civil marriages all together if marriage equality is allowed in Australia.
‘If our federal parliament votes to change the timeless and organic definition of marriage later on this year, it will have moved against the fundamental and foundational building block of Australian society and, indeed, human culture everywhere,’ Jensen claims.
‘This is why we are willing to divorce. By changing the definition of marriage, “marriage” will, in years to come, have an altogether different sense and purpose.
‘Many Christians, like my wife and me, as well as people of other faiths, will simply reject the need for the State to recognize their marriage. Instead they will look to the authority of their church, mosque or temple.’
However what the Canberra CityNews and Jensen fail to disclose in the article is that he is an employee of the Australian Christian Lobby – the main group campaigning against the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia.
The article was not received well by readers who roundly rejected it online, with one reader writing, ‘Why the Citynews thought one couple’s narrow-minded hate-filled opinion piece is a news item in 2015 is beyond me.’
‘Who cares if they get divorced, what two people do in their own relationship is their own business. So go about yours quietly Nick and Sarah because those of us living in 2015 don’t care for your bigotry.’