Australian couple vows to divorce if same-sex marriage allowed

A man and woman in Australia are vowing to end their marriage if same-sex marriage is allowed there, saying the change in definition "may force us to divorce."

'Marriage is sacred and what is truly marriage will only ever be what it has always been'

A man and woman in Australia are vowing to end their marriage if same-sex marriage is allowed there, saying the change in definition "may force us to divorce."

In an article appearing in the Canberra City News, Nick Jensen wrote that he may be getting a divorce from his wife Sarah later this year, despite the fact that she "is the only woman I have ever loved, the mother of our children, my perfect match."

 

The reason, he wrote, is that the government of Australia may soon allow same-sex couples to be married, giving the word a different meaning. "We no longer wish to be associated with this new definition," he said.

"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 wrote.

Their story was featured in Australian newspapers and a conservative blog in the U.S. held them up as an example. 

To many others commenting on Twitter, however, the couple's ultimatum was seen as bizarre and illogical. 

 
 
 
 
 

Alex Greewich, a member of the New South Wales parliament and co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, thanked Jensen for penning the article.

 

And a TV comedy program wrote its own parody in response to the Jensens' threat. 

 

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