Sarah and Nick Jensen, residents of Canberra, are upset about the pending same-sex marriage legislation in Australia. They’re so upset that if Australia allows same-sex marriage, they’re going to divorce. Nick said to the Canberra City News,
My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognise the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnisation of same-sex couples.
Where to start? The first is that I recall something about divorce being a sin. You know…”What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” But it’s their choice.
He also said they’ll continue to live together (in sin), care for their children, and even have more (and they’ll be bastards!). Oh, and they’ll continue to enjoy the various tax benefits of being married, which makes this the emptiest of gestures. Except for the part where they break God’s law, of course. If they’re okay with this, I don’t think anyone else will care.
They’re also equating the religious and the civil. Certainly most churches will not marry same-sex couples so the meaning of a catholic marriage, for example, will not change. If the simple fact that civil marriages are called ‘marriages’ just like the religious ones bothers Sarah and Nick so much that they simply must divorce, then that is also their choice.
And that’s what it boils down to. It’s their choice. They enjoy the ability to make that choice and even though same-sex couples having the same freedom would not affect them, Sarah and Nick want to prevent others from having the same freedoms they enjoy. Do as I say, not as I do.