Christian Gay Marriage Protest
Posing on the cover of our very own CityNews paper, Christan couple and local Canberran's Sarah and Nick Jensen want all you same-sex 'gay' marriage lovers out there to know you're about to ruin a perfectly good marriage. If same-sex marriage passes they say they will be forced to divorce!
Yep, Sarah and Nick Jensen have promised that despite the couple's 10 years of marriage and their children, the two will divorce if the Australian government changes the definition of marriage to recognise same sex couples.
As Christians, he goes on, they believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman. "The truth is, 'marriage' is simply too important," he writes. "It has always been understood to be that exclusive relationship where one man and one woman become 'one flesh.'"
"If this is no longer the case, then we no longer wish to be associated with this new definition."
Jensen says he knows the couple's statement could be seen as hateful, but if the government changes the law, it will be going against the "fundamental and foundational building block" of Australian society. "I know we are not alone," he adds.
As you'd expect, the couple copped a fair amount of criticism on social media.
The leader of the Australian Labor party, Bill Shorten, introduced a bill into parliament in early June, calling for marriage equality to be made law. Shorten said the bill would help create a better Australia: "Generous, smart, modern, diverse and above all, equal."
Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott has not indicated whether he will allow his Liberal party members a conscience vote on the issue — meaning they can vote in accordance with their beliefs, and not along party lines.
The Jensen's divorce-ready stance is in contrast to many celebrity couples, including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, who have stated in the past they would not get married until everyone could.
Of course, the Jolie-Pitts threw in the towel and were married in a lush French castle in 2014. Doubtless the Jensens will also stay firmly married, gay marriage or no.