Bigots’ silly divorce stunt badly backfires
Since declaring their intention to divorce in protest against gay marriage, Nick Jensen and his wife Sarah, above, have learned that bigotry does not sit well with many Australians – including family and friends.
Among the first to speak out against the fundamentalist Christian couple’s intolerance was Nick Jensen’s older brother, Soren Jensen, who penned an open letter on Facebook disapproving of his sibling’s stance. In it he said:
I love and respect you brother. You speak from your truth and I speak from mine. And on this issue I believe you are wrong.
The time is now. This country is finally having an open debate on this issue, all voices should be heard, and then the obvious decision should be made.
It is time for Australia to join the rest of the world in embracing marriage equality. And my brother should too.
Now it’s being reported that a friend of the couple, Annie Hagar, has “brutally uninvited” the Jensens from her upcoming wedding.
Calling their stand a “flippant, fit-of-pique publicity stunt”, Hagar said:
My fiance and I have decided the best thing to do is to make sure Nick understands how little he and his twisted world view matters.
Couples all over the world of mixed race, mixed religion and now, at least in some countries, the same sex, enjoy a married life their forebears could not have dreamt would one day happen — and Nick and Sarah’s sham divorce will have zero impact on their lives. None.
Hagar then pointed out that getting a divorce in Australia isn’t as easy as jumping “back over their broomstick”.
Google ‘divorce in Australia’, and in three clicks you’ll know that to apply for divorce you have to prove that you have been separated for 12 months, and there is no reasonable likelihood of resuming married life.
While you can live under the same roof and still be considered ‘separated’, you need to provide evidence that married life has broken down irreparably.
Given that Nick and Sarah have as publicly as possible said they’re going to still refer to each other as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’, are going to try to have more children together and that for all intents and purposes, their lives will continue unchanged as a de facto couple, I’m pretty confident they have zero chance of getting a divorce.
She then put the boot in, saying:
I don’t want you anywhere near my wedding. You and your views are not welcome, because you’re right – the institution we’re marrying into isn’t the same one you think you’re in.