Couple threaten to divorce in protest against gay marriage
A couple who have just celebrated their ten-year anniversary have vowed to get a divorce if Australian law changes to allow same-sex marriage.
The landmark same-sex marriage referendum which was passed by a vote in Ireland last month has sparked the momentum for change in the law.
It has prompted Australian MPs to come out in growing numbers in support of same-sex marriage laws.
Three bills to legalise gay marriage have already been put forward.
But Canberra couple Nick and Sarah Jensen, who have just celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary, say a change in the law would cause them to consider divorcing.
They explained to Canberra Citynews that it was not "traditional divorce" and that they will continue to live together, have more children and refer to each other as husband and wife - but would opt to legally end their marriage due to their believe that "marriage is not a human intervention".
"The decision to divorce is not one we’ve taken lightly. And certainly, it’s not one that many will readily understand. And that’s because it’s not a traditional divorce," said Mr Jensen.
“Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God’s human history. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognises God’s involvement or authority in it."
The couple have said they will refuse to recognise the regulation of marriage if its definition included same-sex couples.
He said: "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
“Indeed, it raises a red flag when a government decides it is not content only having sovereignty over land, taxes and the military — but ‘words’ themselves.
“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.”
Mr Jensen added that he and his wife “know we are not alone” in their decision to divorce in protest.
The Citynews article raised mixed reactions from readers with some angry at the decision to publish the piece.
The magazine’s editor, Ian Meikle, defended his decision to publish the story.
“I think this couple had an interesting angle, and that it was newsworthy,” he told news.com.au.
“The article does not reflect the opinion of the paper. We published arguments and I decided it was a serious enough argument to genuinely warrant some attention.
“It’s an unusual love story, and what would life be if people didn't have different ways of life.”