Australian Couple Won’t Divorce After Marriage Equality

During the big buildup to the vote over same-sex marriage in Australia, a couple from Canberra was so upset about the idea of equal rights that they swore they would get divorced if gay people were allowed to get married too. Predictably, they have now reneged on that promise.

Attribution: Benson Kua
Attribution: Benson Kua

Nick and Sarah Jensen, from Canberra, sparked controversy in 2015 when Mr Jensen announced they would end their decades-long legal union if same sex marriage was legalised.

When legalisation seemed much more likely in November, Mr Jensen said he would wait to see the letter of the law before making a decision.

And after Parliament finally passed the law to cheers on Thursday afternoon, Mr Jensen announced his position in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.

‘My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the State,’ he wrote.

‘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.

And yet it doesn’t actually change a thing for them other than in their own fevered imagination. This argument has always baffled me, the claim that allowing gay people to get married will somehow “ruin” or “destroy” marriage, but somehow does it without doing anything at all to affect any actual marriages. When we were still fighting over it in this country, I always delighted in asking people who claimed this if it would hurt their marriage. The answer was always no, of course. And yet somehow, without hurting any actual marriages, it would destroy the institution of marriage itself. It’s simply one of the silliest arguments I’ve ever heard on any subject.

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