By now you’ve heard the story of Nick and Sarah Jensen, who claim that they will seek a civil divorce if same-sex marriage is allowed, even though they fully intend to continue living together as a legally-unmarried cohabiting pair. Their goal is to try and claim that gay marriage really is a tangible threat to traditional marriage. And since no such threat really exists anywhere in the real world, they’re trying to create one out of nothing.
They are failing. The law is doing nothing to force them apart. If they choose to spitefully end their own marriage, it will not be because of any act of the government’s, but solely due to their inexorable hatred towards gays.
Their claimed rationale for divorcing is a rather obvious sham.
“My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognize the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnization of same-sex couples,” Jensen wrote.
But in fact, they do recognize the government’s regulation of marriage, otherwise they would not be resorting to the government to terminate theirs. And note, too, what definition of marriage they’re continuing to use for their own relationship.
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 their marriage, independently of any legal considerations, will consist of their living happily together, maybe raising a family together, and enjoying a special, committed, unique relationship with one another. Sounds a lot like what gay couples want out of marriage too, doesn’t it?
The fact of the matter is that gay marriage does not change the definition of marriage, it merely makes it available to other couples who were previously denied the right to participate. The whole reason “good Christian folk” are upset about gay marriage is precisely because it doesn’t change the definition—it allows gay couples to enjoy every benefit and shoulder every responsibility that hetero couples do (including the sex! Gasp!).
So thank you, Nick and Sarah, for demonstrating once again the destructive power of Christian hate. You have been clutching that archaic torch for too long. It has burned down, and now you’re the ones who are going to be burned because you can’t bear to drop it. And everybody knows you’re voluntarily doing it to yourselves, out of spite.