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."
Nick and Sarah Jensen to end their "sacred" union if Australia passes same-sex marriage laws. http://t.co/5mT3C3EsvT— @smh
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.
Why this happily married couple will divorce if gay marriage is legalized: http://t.co/FOzxvxx8X6— @TheBlazeFaith
To many others commenting on Twitter, however, the couple's ultimatum was seen as bizarre and illogical.
A married couple in Australia says they'll divorce if gay marriage is legalized, which is like going on a diet b/c poor people have food.— @SkepticPugilist
If gay marriage is legalised and that couple get divorced then I'm going to stop watering my garden on Wednesdays for a year #consequences— @CraigWtweets
Couple in Australia vows to divorce if same sex marriage is approved in Australia. Their mommas must have told them they were special.— @IjeomaOluo
Just let Nick Jensen get his divorce so we can all be there when it happens and he looks at his wife and says, 'What now?'— @Rob_Stott
Alex Greewich, a member of the New South Wales parliament and co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, thanked Jensen for penning the article.
Thanks to Nick Jensen for showing the lack of logic, compassion, fairness, and understanding of law that opponents of #MarriageEquality have— @AlexGreenwich
And a TV comedy program wrote its own parody in response to the Jensens' threat.