One of the arguments the pro-LGBT-rights side often makes is that marriage equality hurts nobody. After all, if a gay couple gets married, how would that affect someone else’s straight marriage?
Well, Australians Nick and Sarah Jensen have a response to that: If gay marriage is legalized in their country, they’re getting a divorce after ten years together. So there.
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.
This is why we are willing to divorce. By changing the definition of marriage, “marriage” will, in years to come, have an altogether different sense and purpose.
This has been a big decision for my wife and I. Some will accuse of us being bigoted or too hateful to share. But this couldn’t be further from our intentions.
The truth is, “marriage” is simply too important. It is a sacred institution, ordained by God. It has always been understood to be that exclusive relationship where one man and one woman become “one flesh”. Any attempt to change the definition of marriage by law is not something in which we are able to partake.
Here we stand, we can do no other, and I know we are not alone.
It’s such a conservative Christian thing for them to do. I mean, you really can’t get much more arrogant than this. As if people are supposed to back off from the fight for civil rights so this couple can stay legally married. Forget it. They’re not worth it.
This is how non-existent Christian persecution is in certain countries: They are their own worst enemies.
The Jensens’ argument is just ridiculous to begin with. If marriage equality comes to Australia, they will have the choice of whether or not to be married. Same-sex couples don’t have that choice right now. If the Jensens want to get divorced out of spite, that’s their business. (And their divorce won’t affect gay couples.)
The definition of marriage would essentially go from “two adults who love each other can get married… with certain restrictions!” to “two adults who love each other can get married… period.” Hardly a society-damaging change.
Oh, by the way, this “divorce” won’t even change anything for them: They still plan to live together, have more children, and call each other “husband” and “wife.”
Their divorce will change nothing. (Though I’m sure their God will be furious about the whole cohabitation thing. If they want to have sex, they need to be married, dammit!)
But giving same-sex couples the right to marry will change everything for those who wish to do it.
That’s reason enough to make it happen.
I just hope all those soon-to-marry gay couples think of all the non-damage they’re doing as they walk down the aisle…
(Thanks to Virginia for the link)