Christian right lobbyists threaten divorce over same-sex marriage – updated*


SBS reports…

“There’s a new development in the strange tale of the Canberra Christian couple Nick and Sarah Jensen who have threatened everyone that they will get a divorce if the Federal Government allows same sex marriage to take place in Australia.

It seems not all of their acquaintances agree with this startling proposition; a woman who says she knows the couple and attended their heterosexual Christian wedding has uninvited them from her own forthcoming nuptials.

Writing for news website, Annie Haggar said: “Ten years ago, I went to Nick Jensen’s wedding. My fiance was there, too. We were both there with other people — our partners of the time. We had all been to high school together and were still close.

“After publishing his now-infamous diatribe, Nick texted my fiance to see if he was still invited.”

She went on to say that the Jensens were no longer welcome at her wedding.

“Well, Nick, I’m sure you’ve come to appreciate over the past 48 hours that it’s not just changes to legislation that have consequences. Newspaper articles do, too. And here’s one of them, albeit a small one — 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,” she wrote.

What the Jensens make of this remains to be seen.

Earlier this week, the Canberra couple threatened to divorce if same sex marriage is legalised in Australia.

“As Christians, we believe marriage is not a human invention,” Mr Jensen wrote in the Canberra City News on Thursday.

The couple view marriage as a fundamental order of creation and part of God’s intimate story for human history.

“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,” Mr Jensen said.

“If parliament voted to change the timeless and organic definition of marriage, it would have moved against the fundamental and foundational building block of Australian society and, indeed, human culture everywhere.

“Indeed, it raises a red flag when a government decides it is not content only having sovereignty over land, taxes and the military, but words themselves.”

By changing the definition of marriage it would, in years to come, have an altogether different sense and purpose, Mr Jensen said.

There has been a furious response to the article from some City News readers.

“The only good thing that will come out of this is that most normal people will be rightfully outraged and disgusted and will push even harder for change,” Katrina McLeod posted on the publication’s Facebook site.

“Do they realise that the Bible does not allow divorce, so they will be living in sin?” said Michael Milgate.

Sandy Motorino said: “I’m sick of people pretending that there is any intellectual or ethical justification to the argument against marriage equality. If you disagree with it, you’re an idiot. And you belong in the 19th century.”

But Jo Church thought others were missing the point.

“They’ll divorce if gay marriage becomes legal because then they’ll be free to follow their hearts!” she said.

If the divorce does go ahead, the Jensens, who have just celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary, say they will continue to live together and refer to each other as husband and wife.”


10 thoughts on “Christian right lobbyists threaten divorce over same-sex marriage – updated*

  1. “As Christians, we believe marriage is not a human invention,” Mr Jensen wrote in the Canberra City News on Thursday.

    I’m pretty certain people were getting married (along with just hitching their wagons together without a ceremony) for a lot longer than any religion we currently understand was ever around to decree what is and isn’t sacred!

    God is love – whatever is of love then is of God –


  2. They will have to separate for 12 months in order to get the divorce.

    12 months of Thai takeaways and sleeping on someone’s couch. But they really showed em!


  3. That’s showed the world how sacred marriage is. Classy stuff.

    Brought to you by none other than the ACL.


  4. I’m going to rescind the vows to love my mate because people I don’t like are getting married. WTF!

    Need more of this guy

    If you missed Q&A on Monday there’s a great link to an answer from Dr Cornel West to a Christian concerned she’ll get persecuted by not being allowed to discriminate against others.

    Q&A recap: Controversial US academic Dr Cornel West stars on rich episode with finger-waving, eye-rolling performance

    “On Monday night’s Q&A, there was a conservative politician who crafts laws and an American academic who crafts principles and ideas. In the audience was a businesswoman who crafts paper – wedding invitations – an activity she feared placed her on a slippery slope in the age of same-sex marriage.

    A God-fearing pencil apparently draws a line when it comes to spelling out the names of traditional bogey-groomsmen Adam and Steve, and the Christian calligrapher wanted to know: “What protections would there be for me to uphold my faith and not be charged with discrimination if I declined to serve customers wanting services for a same-sex marriage?”

    You don’t often see someone go on national television to advertise that they plan to exercise religious-based moral judgement in deciding whether or not to serve you. The possible consequences pile up in the mind, including the collapse of the entire economy. Are you gay? Are you a single mother? Ever been divorced? And as panellist and self-described revolutionary Christian Dr Cornel West highlighted: what about slavery? The Bible actually gave a nod to that one.

    Then came this from the visiting American academic: “I’m sure there have been many cakes sold to gangsters who were getting married. Would you somehow prohibit the selling of that cake to a gangster that’s marrying a woman getting locked into what we know to be patriarchal relations that will lead to … X, Y and Z. And if that’s true then you have to follow through on the logic. This is a question that you have to resolve within the precincts of your own conscience.”

    Read more:


  5. Congratulations Mr Group Sects. This couple have done more for the gay marriage movement than anything else which is amazingly ironic. The inevitable has just come closer.

    May as well start buying champagne.


  6. I think Tony was pretty much already there anyway.

    Historically, it was only Romans 1 keeping him in a slightly theologically different position to Peggy.

    BTW, I think we can mark today down as the day the ACL jumped the shark.


  7. And while these doiuches are making a mockery of the Gospel – Tony Campolo is showing leadership in the world of evangelical theology and ethics:

    I’m actually surprised Lance that you have ;’t posted anything about Campolo’s coming out in favour of full acceptance and inclusion of LGBTIQ brothers and sisters in every aspect of church life.


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