For years I’ve been challenging those who says gay marriage is going to destroy marriage to find just one example of an actual marriage that will be destroyed by letting gay people do it. Well they’ve finally found one, an Australian couple who says they’ll get divorced if those dirty gay people get to join up too.
MY wife and I just celebrated our 10-year 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.
In fact, my wife is the only woman I have ever loved, the mother of our children, my perfect match.
You see, after our divorce, we’ll continue to live together, hopefully for another 50 years. And, God willing, we’ll have more children. We’ll also continue to refer to each other as “husband” and “wife” and consider ourselves married by the Church and before God.
So why do this? It will certainly complicate our lives as we try to explain our marital status on the sidelines during Saturday sport. The reason, however, is that, as Christians, we believe marriage is not a human invention.
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…
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.
Good for you. But here’s a question: Why would anyone give a shit? Why should anyone care? Do you think this is going to stop gay people from getting married? Do you think people are going to think “OMG, these two random people I’ve never met are going to do something really stupid if we let gay people get married so we better not do that”? Get a grip.