It was two years ago when Nick and Sarah Jensen, a Christian couple from Australia, made a shocking proclamation: If marriage equality were ever legalized in their country, they would get a divorce.
I guess that was supposed to show that gay marriages really do hurt straight marriages… even if their “divorce” was always considered a sham. They fully planned to continue living together and having children even if they were, on paper, no longer together.
What did they think was going to happen? That people would suddenly oppose marriage equality so that this publicity-seeking couple could stay legally married? No one gave a damn.
Making matters more complicated, their sham divorce wouldn’t have been legal since Australian law requires couples to be separated and living apart for a full year before a divorce is granted. If there’s any reason to think the couple will get back together, then the courts can reject the request.
But now that marriage equality has been approved by the people and is on the way to becoming legalized, one attorney says he’ll offer the Jensens pro bono help to facilitate their impending divorce. (Because they’re still getting divorced, right?)
Michael Tiyce, from Sydney family law firm Tiyce & Lawyers, told news.com.au he wanted to help Canberra couple Nick and Sarah Jensen keep their promise to Australia, “because, quite simply, they are going to need it”.
Mr Tiyce said he was only too happy to step into the breach in a complex case and assist the couple in their darkest hour. He noted “Jesus hated divorce, remember,” but wanted to help the deeply religious couple anyway.
“I see it as a call for help, hence my offer.
“My firm does quite a bit of pro bono work in family law each year in the gay, lesbian and trans community, I thought offering assistance to Nick and Sarah would be an excellent way of reaching out across communities with my family law expertise, because quite simply they are going to need it.”
Brilliant. Call them out on their bullshit. At the very least, maybe the Jensens can finally admit they had no intention of getting divorced and same-sex marriage won’t affect their relationship at all.
It’s just another example of Christians crying persecution when none actually exists.
And if they ever do get divorced, at least they’ll go out in style. A Facebook event page called “Celebrating Nick and Sarah Jensen’s divorce” had at least 40,000 signed up before it was taken down.
If they ever go through with it, I’m sure LGBTQ people and allies everywhere will be willing to give them the sendoff they deserve.