Australian Nick Jensen says that if same-sex marriage is introduced, he and his wife will divorce.
Writing in the Canberra CityNews, Mr Jensen says he will continue to live with his wife, Sarah, and their children – and they will still consider themselves married. But they will no longer be legally married.
He wrote: “Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognises God’s involvement or authority in it.
“If our federal parliament votes to change the timeless and organic definition of marriage later on this year, it will 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.
“This is why we are willing to divorce. By changing the definition of marriage, ‘marriage’ will, in years to come, have an altogether different sense and purpose.”
Mr Jensen works for the American Christian Lobby, who campaign against same-sex marriage.
Canberra CityNews has faced a backlash from Facebook fans for publishing Mr Jensen’s article – with many saying the magazine should be “ashamed” to give such few views a platform.
One reader said: “What a stupid article, you may as well have written about how two crazy people still believe the world is flat. Geez. Homophobic propaganda.”
Editor Ian Meikle told news.com.au: “The article does not reflect the opinion of the paper. It’s an unusual love story, and what would life be if people didn’t have different ways of life.”
In the ongoing debate on same-sex marriage in Australia, the first National MP said yesterday he would vote in favour.