A Christian couple in Australia told the Canberra CityNews that if same-sex marriage is legalized, they will have no other choice but to file for divorce. The reason? It’s a matter of Christian conscience:
“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. “… 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…”
They’re certainly free to do so, but what’s more interesting is the point being made. In the 17 countries so far (in addition to other smaller jurisdictions) that have achieved marriage equality, opponents have repeatedly run into the “how does this harm you” argument. Amazingly, it has taken over 14 years since same-sex marriage was legalized anywhere (starting in the Netherlands) for some actual harm to be demonstrated… albeit self-inflicted. I’m curious, though: isn’t divorce the actual threat to marriage?