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Couple may divorce over gay unions

Couple may divorce over gay unions

Nick Jensen, who heads a crackpot Christian organisation in Australia, has threatened to divorce his wife if same-sex unions are legalised Down Under.

Jensen, pictured above with his wife, is the director of the Lachlan Macquarie Institute, that exists to foster:

A greater appreciation of the relevance of a Christian worldview to public policy.

Jensen writes that he and his wife Dr Sarah Jensen have just celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary.

But later this year, we may be getting a divorce. The reason has nothing to do with the state of our marriage. We were married at 21 after being high-school sweethearts for several years before that.

So what’s their possible divorce all about then?

Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God’s intimate story for human history. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And the marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognises God’s involvement or authority in it.

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.

The bigot added:

When we signed that official-looking marriage certificate 10 years ago at Tuggeranong Baptist Church, we understood that the state was endorsing marriage, as currently defined, as the fundamental social institution – with all that this implied.

But if this is no longer the case, then we no longer wish to be associated with this new definition. Marriage is sacred and what is truly “marriage” will only ever be what it has always been.

Ooops! Sorry, he’s not a bigot.

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.

Hat tip: Trevor Blake

19 responses to “Couple may divorce over gay unions”

  1. Stephen Mynett says:

    Obviously this shithead does not realise marriage pre-dates his religion and, like other things, has been hijacked, not invented, by religion.

  2. TrickyDicky says:

    A rather wordy response Stephen “wanker” would have sufficed.

  3. gedediah says:

    Such arrogance to believe that the only legitimate form of marriage is the one defined by his cult’s interpretation of one particular religion’s holy book.

  4. Ivan says:

    One can only hope that when they lose their tax-breaks, adoption and joint parenting rights, hospital visiting rights etc that come with marriage they will realise what it is currently like for gay and lesbian Australians.

    But I wouldn’t bank on it.

  5. Broga says:

    I suspect this is more a hunt for publicity and to attract the appreciation of other nutters. By their definition I am not married:

    “Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God’s intimate story for human history. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God.”

    We were married in a Register Office in the late 1960’s and despite God not being involved and despite being atheists then and still the same we are still married. Over the years we have seen many devout Christians heading for the divorce courts.

    I don’t understand this “one flesh” criterion. How do we become “one flesh”? I suppose they are referring to sexual coupling, carnal relations or whatever with the missionary position necessary to be entirely satisfactory to God. Religious belief is weird.

  6. Trevor Blake says:

    “It has always been understood to be that exclusive relationship where one man and one woman become ‘one flesh’.”

    Abraham had children with whores (Genesis 25:6). Solomon had seven hundred wives (1 Kings 11:2-3). Once again an atheist knows the Bible better than a Christian.

  7. Dave says:

    I feel inclined to hope that the Jensens go ahead with their divorce. Anything that we can hold up as examples of the absurdity of religion is good as far as I’m concerned.

  8. Newspaniard says:

    Actually he’s probably got a gay lover and been trying to get rid of the bitch for years.

  9. Stuart H. says:

    Why can’t they just admit they hate each other and made a mistake? Guess honesty and taking adult decisions doesn’t come naturally to True Christians.

    Also, some days I idly consider winding up people who had church marriages by asking when they intend to get married properly.

    ‘Tuggeranong Baptist Church’? Sounds like the kind of place where Vegas drunks get married by roller-skating Elvis impersonators, only to wake up later in a pool of their own vomit and regret it.

  10. JohnMWhite says:

    But this couldn’t be further from our intentions.

    I really am beyond sick of the Not-A-Bigots™ being too stupid to even make an attempt to hide it. “We hate gay people so much we want to get a divorce just so we can tell the world we don’t have anything to do with their legal marriages… but we’re not bigots”. Utter imbeciles.

    And why are there so many of these ‘institutes’ roaming the planet, sucking up funds and media attention? How do I get on board this gravy train?

  11. L.Long says:

    Like the lying Aholes in USA that said they would leave the country if Obama is elected!!! They are still here.
    Odds on divorce???

  12. Vanity Unfair says:

    They might get away with it:
    http://www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fccweb/family-law-matters/family-law-in-australia/no-fault-divorce

    “The Family Law Act 1975 established the principle of no-fault divorce in Australian law. This means that a court does not consider which partner was at fault in the marriage breakdown. The only ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of the relationship, demonstrated by 12 months of separation.”
    But
    “If you have been married less than two years and want to apply for a divorce, you must either:
    attend counselling with a family counsellor or nominated counsellor to discuss the possibility of reconciliation with your spouse, or
    if you have not attended counselling, seek permission of the Court to apply for a divorce.
    The two years are calculated from the date of the marriage to the date of applying to the Court for a divorce.”

    Unfortunately, when they realise just how easy divorce is under Australian law they will immediately remarry as a protest against it. That would, at least, be the logical thing to do. Then, three years later…
    Of course someone with time on their hands might start Abuse of Process proceedings against them or a judge, in the wonderfully direct Oz manner, might tell them what to do with the papers.

  13. As someone in a gay marriage, I can assure Mr & Dr Jensen that my husband and I are perfectly capable of becoming “one flesh”. In fact, we rather enjoy it!

  14. RussellW says:

    Who gives a rat’s. The ‘Christian worldview’ is totally irrelevant to public policy.

    @1 Stephen Mynett,

    Yes, for most of history people just decided to live together, only the rich entered into formal arrangements. Even during the height of the Medieval theocracy, marriage was a private affair , apparently the religious ‘hijack’ is relatively recent.

  15. dennis says:

    are Mr and Dr Jensen going to have unmarried sex? or live under the same roof after their divorce. has god sanctioned this new arrangement in LOVE?
    just stupid people, just stupid people, just stupid people

  16. . says:

    They look really happy don’t they … gritted teeth and forced smile.

  17. Stephen Mynett says:

    Quite an interesting article on marriage: http://theweek.com/articles/475141/how-marriage-changed-over-centuries

    Not sure how the bigots will answer this from the article: “Same-sex unions aren’t a recent invention. Until the 13th century, male-bonding ceremonies were common in churches across the Mediterranean. Apart from the couples’ gender, these events were almost indistinguishable from other marriages of the era.”

    Actually I am, they will ignore it or tell lies.

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