An Australian Christian couple says they will divorce if Australia sanctions same-sex marriage.
Nick Jensen, a former director with the Australian Christian Lobby, has been married to his wife Sarah for 10 years. They have two children. But Jensen told Canberra CityNews that if marriage is re-defined to include people of the same sex, he and his wife will divorce rather than recognize the legitimacy of the new definition.
“My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognize the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnisation of same sex couples,” Jensen said.
That’s not to say the couple would separate. He said they’ll still live together, raise their kids, call each other “husband” and “wife” and consider themselves married in the church’s eyes.
Jensen’s main argument, it seems, is that by allowing same-sex marriage, Australia would be re-defining the covenant under which he and Sara married in 2005.
“When we signed that official-looking