Since it was announced this morning that the House of Representatives almost unanimously passed the vote allow same-sex couples to marry, we’ve been anxiously awaiting a statement from the Aussie couple who promised a divorce.
Nick and Sarah Jensen previously told Canberra’s CityNews that they would divorce but still live together a man and wife in the eyes of God.
It was pointed out that it would be impossible for them to do this as in order to get divorced in Australia, there must be evidence or “irreconcilable differences” and they must be living separately for at least twelve months.
This prompted a lawyer, Michael Tiyce, who was a loyal yes camp supporter to leap into action and offer his services pro bono to ensure they could find a way around this.
He told news.com.au that he was offering his help “because, quite simply, they are going to need it”, also noting that “Jesus hated divorce, remember”.
“I thought offering assistance to Nick and Sarah would be an excellent way of reaching out across communities with my family law expertise, because, quite simply, they are going to need it.”
Their main argument was that by changing the laws regarding marriage, the contractual agreement they entered into when they got married had changed.
“This is a situation known as ‘wedlock’ which is mostly experienced currently by gay couples who married overseas but cannot always divorce upon separation in Australia because their marriage post-2004 is not recognised here,” he said, with his tongue firmly in his cheek.
Speaking only minutes after the House of Representatives voted in favour of passing the bill this morning, Nick Jensen released the following statement to news.com.au:
“My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the state,”
He also added: “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.”
“Some have painted our act as simply a petty tantrum, a toddler’s reaction who doesn’t want to share and will simply take his toys home if he can’t win,” he added.
“This decision is not due to any dislike of any people, same-sex attracted or not, but simply around how we understand marriage as defined by God.”
We’re just disappointed for the 140,000 people who RSVPed the Facebook event “Celebrating Nick and Sarah Jensen’s divorce”.
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