Oz gay marriage vote puts daft couple back in the headlines
Back in 2015 Nick and Sarah Jensen – both devout Christians – vowed to divorce if gay marriage was ever legalised in Australia.
Their silly pronouncement prompted a backlash, and among the first to speak out against the couple’s bigotry 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.
Well, today, Australia passed same-sex marriage legislation amid scenes of wild jubilation – and the media lost no time in tracking down the Jensens to see whether they now intended to make good on their promise.
Various news outlets, including the Telegraph, carried a terse statement from Nick Jensen, who said:
My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the state. The legislation currently makes it untenable for us to do this under the law. The point we were highlighting and that still stands however is the fact that a redefinition of marriage changes the agreement under which we were originally married.
We will be making no further comment.
So that’s a no, then.
In his original 2015 letter to the Canberra City News, the posturing plonker said their proposed divorce was “nothing to do with the state of our marriage” and described his wife as:
The only woman I have ever loved, the mother of our children, my perfect match.
Explaining their threat to divorce he said:
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.
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.
Meanwhile, it’s reported here that Austria is about to legalise same-sex marriage.
The country’s Constitutional Court announced that gay marriage will be legalissed in the Catholic-majority nation starting in 2019, arguing that its traditional marriage law is “discriminatory.”
The court said that although gay couples already have essentially the same rights as married couples, having been allowed to enter into registered partnerships since 2010:
The distinction between marriage and registered partnership … cannot be upheld in this day and age without discriminating against same-sex couples.
The court’s ruling added:
The resulting discriminatory effect is seen in the fact that through the different title of the family status, people living in same-sex partnerships have to disclose their sexual orientation even in situations in which it is not, and must not be, relevant and … are highly likely to be discriminated against.
Civil partnerships, it added, will be open to both gay and straight couples, while the words “two people of different sex” will be removed from the law on marriage.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Australian same-sex marriage report)