AUSTRALIA: Anti-Gay Christian Couple Reneges On Vow To Divorce If Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Law

The Daily Mail reports:

A married Christian couple who pledged to divorce if same sex marriage was legalised will not go ahead with it because it would require them to separate from one another. Nick and Sarah Jensen, from Canberra, sparked controversy in 2015 when Mr Jensen announced they would end their decades-long legal union if same sex marriage was legalised.

And after Parliament finally passed the law to cheers on Thursday afternoon, Mr Jensen announced his position in a statement to Daily Mail Australia. “My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the State,” he wrote.

“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.”

From my June 2015 post about these nuts:

“My wife and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary. But later this year, we may be getting a divorce. The decision to divorce is not one we’ve taken lightly. And certainly, it’s not one that many will readily understand. And that’s because it’s not a traditional divorce. Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God’s human history. 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.” – Nick Jansen.

  • olandp

    Sue them!

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    Surprise, surprise, surprise…

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    (rolls eyes) Of course. And then they wonder why more and more people side eye them and their religion.

  • Tawreos

    In god’s eye marriage was property transaction. Men purchased their own personal and private baby-maker. If he believes anything else he has never read his bible.

    • vorpal

      LOL I’d like to know what percentage of Christians have read even a single book from their bible.

      • Tawreos

        They find it more useful as a prop, which is why they prefer the big ‘people beating; ones, rather than something to learn from.

  • DaddyRay


    • Frostbite

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that a sin?

      • JAKvirginia

        Are you referring to the Top Ten? Pshaw…..

        • David Walker

          They have become The Ten Suggestions. “Commandments” seemed too mandatory.

  • Todd20036


  • Gustav2

    Who could have predicted this?

  • clay

    Oh, I didn’t know that this vote changed Australia’s divorce laws.


  • greenmanTN

    In other words they are full of shit, but then we knew that already.

  • Dagoril

    How completely unexpected! Christians are usually such honorable and decent people, who never lie about anything!

    Oh, my sides! 😉

  • hee. i bet they are both cheating on each other. and/or having same-sex relations on the side. i love it when hypocrites are exposed and shamed.

    • Steverino

      DL Down Under.

  • TuuxKabin
  • Gustav2

    “I Am Australian” (or “We are Australian”) is a popular Australian song written in 1987 by Bruce Woodley of The Seekers and Dobe Newton of The Bushwackers. Its lyrics are filled with many historic and cultural references, such as to the “digger”, Albert Namatjira and Ned Kelly, among others. Its popularity has allowed it to join the ranks of other patriotic songs considered as alternatives to the Australian national anthem, “Advance Australia Fair”. It is commonly taught in primary schools.[1]

    Over the years since the song’s release, there have been calls for it to become Australia’s national anthem, notably in 2011 by former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett.[2]

  • dcurlee

    Guess that backfired on them

  • Frommer_Gast

    If I were a gay Australian baker I would send them a cake,
    It might confuse them …

    • Guess?

      Would you place two grooms on top?

      • vorpal

        I’d put two dead cockroaches on top.

        • Tawreos

          A much better representation.

        • Frommer_Gast

          Homophobic Christians are no reason to ruin an otherwise nice cake.
          Compromise: two marchpane – cockroaches?
          They would transport the message without cruelty against pastry!

          • Treant

            Can you make cockroaches out of marzipan? Because I’d eat them if they’re made of marzipan.

          • vorpal

            Amazingly, this is what turns up when you search for “cockroach cake” in Google Image search. I cannot believe the level of detail someone went through to make this cake.


          • kareemachan

            And…. why?

          • vorpal

            It’s really impressive work. I’m just not sure if it was made out of love or hate, but I suspect it has to be one of the two.

          • Frommer_Gast

            Of course I can!
            Probably they need a chocolate icing for the colour, to avoid use of food dye which ruins the marzipan -taste (my main caveat against rainbow – tarts).

            Alternatively I would mold them from liquorice.

      • Frommer_Gast

        David & Jonathan.

    • TheGrandWazoo2
  • vorpal

    Conservative Christians lying is not news: it’s their modus operandi.
    It looks like despite their little temper tantrum, their god didn’t let them have their way.

    • Tawreos

      They will never wonder why, with all of their prayers, their all powerful god still didn’t let them win.

      • vorpal

        Their god keeps saying NO to them, but they’re too busy screeching to hear him.

        • Tawreos

          To be fair they have gotten used to hearing yes from the government and now don’t know how to take no for an answer.

      • DumbHairyApe

        Their god also doesn’t hear their prayers for the victims of gun violence- cuz it keeps,happening and he’s not doing anything to stop it.

        • Tawreos

          But Jesus loves all the guns, or at least Republican Jesus does.

    • whollyfool

      I am stealing this

    • kaydenpat

      I wonder why they thought anyone would care whether or not they divorced.

      • Craig Howell

        Why should we? They’re already divorced from reality.

        • nicacat56


    • zhera

      How are you doing, luv? It’s good to see you here.

      • vorpal

        Hi zhera!
        Doing okay. Today is going to be tough because we have to bury our little kitty tonight. (Apparently, they don’t cremate pets here in Chile.) We’re relieved she is no longer suffering, though.

        P.S. Much love to you! Thanks for checking in with me!

        • zhera

          Aww, no! Your girl kitty is gone? you only have boys left now?

          Whisker hugs and wet nose kisses to you and yours! ♥

          • vorpal

            Yeah. She was diagnosed with a liver tumour around four weeks ago and deteriorated pretty quickly. Yesterday the vet came to our house (thankfully, so that she could die in the comfort of a familiar, safe space) and ended her pain.

            The house feels empty just having the hubby and three boy kitties. Given how many homeless animals there are in Chile looking to be adopted, I don’t predict it’ll be long before we have a new girl kitty to terrorize us all.

          • kareemachan

            My sympathies to you and yours. It’s hard to make this decision, even when it is obviously the right thing to do. We have been lucky enough to have a vet who makes house calls as well, which made it a tad easier when Kitty passed on.

          • vorpal

            So glad to have vets willing to make house visits. The last thing our little furry family members need when they’re sick or dying is to have to deal with added stress.

            Thanks for the kind words, kareemachan.

        • Todd Allis


          • vorpal

            Thanks, Todd. We found the perfect spot to place her and had a lovely moment reminiscing about her crazy antics. I miss her tremendously, but I feel at peace about the whole thing now.

          • Todd Allis

            Had a similar moment today talking with my sisters about Mom.


    Christian hypocrites and liars…. there’s a novelty.

  • skyweaver

    When smug grandstanding backfires

    • Tawreos

      It’s what happens when you get high on the Jesus and start shooting your mouth off =)

      • skyweaver

        What’s interesting is how the far right moans about the moral relativism on the left, how the left is so wishy washy and how they on the right are the only ones who stand firm in a righteous way. And then something like this happens and you realize that once again it’s just massive projection

        • joeyj1220

          ^^THIS. At least the Christian left (I’m thinking of folks like Martin Luther King Jr) had the courage to stick to their convictions even if it meant jail time.

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      • HaHaHa

        Yeah but this ruling totally infringes on their religious liberty!!! /s

        • Highmoremotel

          The irony coming from slaves of their delusion.

      • Michael Smith

        They were actually committing a sin in the eyes of God by divorcing in the first place if they were such bible toting Christians in the first place!

      • Michael Smith

        They were actually committing a sin in the eyes of God by divorcing in the first place if they were such bible toting Christians in the first place!

    • David Walker

      Why can’t they get their promised divorce and then shack up for the rest of their lives? Oh. Right. Living in sin. Pity, that.

    • Michael Smith

      There is NO place in Government for the bible or God! It has been separated for a perfectly logical reason!

    • Michael Smith

      There is NO place in Government for the bible or God! It has been separated for a perfectly logical reason!

  • Ninja0980

    You mean they were lying?
    Who would have thunk it?

  • Sam_Handwich
  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Their divorce from reality still stands though.

  • GayOldLady

    Moral of this story: Don’t make idiotic threats that require you to harm yourself to make a point that can’t be made. #IDIOTS

    • Gustav2

      I threatened to run away from home when I was 6….my mother gave me a suitcase to pack and asked where I planned to spend the night.

      • GayOldLady

        LOL!!! Mom made a POINT.

      • Treant

        So…where did you spend the night?

      • BostonBud

        I did the same thing! My sister was crying. Years later my mother said she didn’t know what she was going to do if I went through with it.

      • Stubenville

        My mom used to open the front door and say “see ya.”

  • Michael R
    • Christopher

      Don’t worry Fry, it’s both!

      • jerry

        …and a dessert topping!

    • Tawreos

      Throw in idiot and you have nailed it on the head.

    • Treant

      Why choose? Just call them drama whores.

  • ceeenbee

    I am really disappointed that these two idiot ‘christians’ have so little respects for ‘god’s’ law that they would remain in a sham marriage institution that clearly violates what their mythogical sky faerie deems as natural. What a set of fair weather fans they are for ‘god’.

    Please restore my faith in sky faeries, nick and sarah. Get divorced. Show those gays how resolute you are.

  • Butch

    You were going to get divorced but you never realized that it would mean you would separate? Words fail me.

  • JoeMyGod
    • JoeMyGod

      This clip was next in the queue. Um, hellooooooo. (Wait for it)

      • Bluto

        That is quite a lineup of beefcake! Nice song too.

      • pj

        damn where to start. i love auzzie futball

  • hdtex
    • DaddyRay

      I want the sparkly version or I am going to divorce my cat

      • hdtex

        Get in line! I’m divorcing my toaster!

        • vorpal

          We got rid of our microwave because the novelty of Obama watching us have kitchen sex got boring after awhile.

  • killreligion

    He lied. If it’s a marriage recognized by his god he wouldn’t have needed the state marriage

    Plus claiming his god rules my atheist life at all including my marriage is absurd.

    A dumb Christian once asked why I do thanksgiving as an atheist, who am I thanking? I replied it’s a pagan harvest festival. These idiots need their cult to govern us due to their insecurity. They know it’s not true but fear being bacon if they are wrong

  • Michael R

    Pastor Rick Scarborough says he didn’t mean he would set himself on fire after US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

    “The preachers need to get out front, the leaders need to get out front, out front of these ordinary citizens and say, ‘Shoot me first’.”

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      God will? Awesome god that one is! 🙂

    • pj

      too bad

  • SoCalGal20

    Australia’s RWNJs are just as annoying and idiotic as ours!

    • Gustav2

      It is a worldwide cult!

  • Keith D Plane

    I give them a year or so, then a divorce because of philandering on his part (w/male probably)

  • Sam_Handwich
    • PickyPecker

      Please, please don’t resign, Al. Stand up for ‘due process’ as it is everyone’s right in the face of allegations and accusations!

      • Ross

        Agreed, a thousand percent.

        All this reminds me of the McMartin preschool disaster, when mass hysteria allowed innocent people to be arrested and jailed. Many lives were ruined and all over false allegations.

        I also keep thinking of the Salem Witch Trials.

        • Gustav2

          But Franken did inappropriately touch the “witches.”

          • Ross

            And there is significant difference between inappropriate behavior (which we are ALL guilty of at one point or another) and sexual assault.

            I don’t think the life of a person should be ruined for the former.

      • Todd20036

        Oh better yet, resign when Trump does.

    • BearEyes

      Let the people of MN decide like in AL

  • SoCalGal20

    OT but apparently Paul Ryan’s New Years resolution includes cutting Medicare and Medicaid in 2018 because that seems like an AWESOME thing to do in an election year.

    • pj


      • SoCalGal20

        I hope Randy Bryce cleans his clock in WI-01.

        • Ninja0980

          If gerrymandering is struck down, he’ll get a chance to do just that.

      • paganguy

        You’re being too nice to him and too mean to assholes.

        • Todd20036

          Sometimes it’s nice to be mean to assholes.

          We may be talking about different things

      • Steverino

        Fucking asshole.

      • pj

        and he has repeated it over and over in the past year. like hes so brilliant when he says it.

    • BearEyes

      He’s had an Ayn Rand fetish hardon to do that since college.

      • SoCalGal20

        Oh, I know.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          I wish he’d go Galt and hide in some isolated area thinking he’s indispensable & they’ll do whatever he wants if he comes back only to be told they found a much better cog and that he’s free never to come back. (never read the book, just read the summary.)

      • Goodboy

        Yeah, she too was a lying hypocritical bitch.

        • BearEyes

          cashing her social security cheque every month too.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I knew GOP party is all about cutting these type of things early on in my life. I don’t get why the fuck this shit surprises people who are often 40+ years old. They vote GOP then go “Wait, we’re just supposed to hate brown people not rip ME off! Why are you doing what you did before?!”

    • Butch

      The tax fraud bill now in conference is designed specifically to allow Congress to do just that. It’s no surprise.

    • ColdCountry

      That’s funny. Susan Collins said she had “ironclad assurances” that SS, Medicaid and Medicare wouldn’t be cut. And she believed them.

      • paganguy

        She “said” she believed them. Now she has plausible deniability.

      • Butch

        No, she didn’t believe them. It just gave her cover to pretend she did.

    • jerry

      The GOP way: Cut taxes and massively increase defense spending, creating huge deficits. Cut all non-defense spending, particularly social programs, to lower deficits. Lather, rinse, repeat.

  • GeneInSJ

    Their 15 minutes of fame are over.

  • paganguy

    Or in other words: I let my mouth write a check that my body doesn’t intend to cash.

  • BearEyes

    Weasel words.

  • Harveyrabbit

    I guess he decided he still needs her to do laundry, cook dinner and clean house.

  • pj

    i remember the gallery erupting in song when marriage passed in new zealand.

    that was very emotional too. i played it over and over.

    • pj

      just saw it again. sorry i dont know how to move it here. cried again when they sang their love song.

  • ceeenbee

    If that smile doesn’t scream mean, vindictive, vile, bigoted, self-absorbed, narcissistic, homophobic, white-privilege, fake christian bitch, then no photo does.

    p.s. The wifey is no prize either.

    • Snarkaholic

      Lin-duh Harpy has the same evil expression.

    • IDavid

      She’s Ragan’s twin sister, I’m just waiting for the head to spin.

    • Paul

      They do have a certain ‘hanging about in anonymous far right chat rooms’ look about them.

  • Yeah, we knew you wouldn’t, you’re a just a fuckin’ liar and hypocrite.

  • TominDC
    • IDavid

      let’s hope so!

  • MBear

    Surprised? Naah…because all religious people are liars

  • Treant

    Shocker. No, really, I cannot believe that a christian would ever go back on a sworn vow made in public just to protect another sworn vow made in public.

    You’d almost think they were grandstanding.

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    “and do you, Nick, promise to love, cherish, and be hypocrites together til death do you part?”

  • 1980Gardener

    haha…no kidding.

    And soon they will realize how foolish they were, and that there marriage will not be affected in the slightest way.

  • whollyfool

    So they love each other and want to be together but don’t want anyone else to have that

  • BostonBud

    So they’re liars too.

    • -M-

      Still. They’re liars still.

  • marshlc

    So someone else’s marriage actually DOESN’T have any real impact on yours. Huh, who knew?

  • j.martindale

    As I wrote elsewhere, the perfect example of deeply held religious beliefs.

  • Jay Silversmith

    Nick and Sarah looked at the hole in their right foot and wondered aloud if they really wanted to shoot themselves in their left foot for jeebus.

    • BearEyes

      He should never have been fired

  • Acronym Jim

    In the header photo, her face just screams “bless your heart.”

  • mikeinftl

    Jesus weeps when you lie.

    • kaydenpat

      He must be doing a whole heap of weeping then given that Trump and his imps do nothing but lie.

  • kaydenpat

    Lol! Now they can shut up. Good.

  • Tom Furgas

    Oh, I see…they thought they could get divorced but still live together. In which case they’d be living in sin. Curious!

  • zhera

    There were some people who tried something similar in Norway when Equal Marriage began. They claimed that their marriage had been reduced to genderless or something and that the state couldn’t do what it did. They even took it to the European Court of Human Rights, where they were thoroughly dismissed.

    • kaydenpat

      There are silly bigots everywhere.

  • Bronxboy47

    What further comment do you think the world awaits with baited breath from a bigoted hypocrite like you? You stuck your neck out and it got chopped off. So we’re neither expecting nor desiring any more empty talk from you.

    • kaydenpat

      They can go take several seats and shut the hell up. They lost.

  • Tomcat

    Just think, if you did not allow fake deity to rule your life you could live together any time you wanted and love any way you want.

  • AdamTh

    Christian liars – imagine that………

  • Mike C

    “We just wanted to continue hurting other people. We never once imagined actually harming ourselves.”

    • kaydenpat

      Or they just love thrusting themselves into the public spotlight. Who cares if they divorce?

      • stuckinthewoods

        Apparently it turns out they couldn’t make any money off the divorce stunt. Now they might as well see if people will give them money if they stay together.

  • Tomcat

    Live together in sin, jesus did.

  • RJ Bone

    Sooooo much moral conviction. Sooooo much courage.

    It’s cool though, because we didn’t even begin to consider to expect better, especially from the “faithful”.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Wait hold on? Australian law says that in order to get divorced you must separate, not live with each other? Is that true or are they just making it up because they don’t have the balls to go through with it?

    • Tomcat

      Their god says so. Australia could care less.

    • Australian law does say that.

  • gaycuckhubby

    So what they’re saying in essence is that civil marriage is a bigger deal than they realized. And it actually carries rights and responsibilities. Seems like a good argument for equal marriage

    • AJ Drew

      Gays are icky cuz they’re promiscuous. Hetero marriage, with its oath of monogamy, is a building block of society. So if gays wanna get married, oh wait…

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      They thought all it took was to repeat, “I divorce thee” three times while swinging chickens around their heads.

  • Gigi

    This would be news if they actually followed through with it. As it stands they’re a couple of lying Talibangelists. Same old, same old.

  • Tomcat

    OT: Rest of world added to trump travel ban now.

    • FAEN

      Say what?

    • William

      They don’t want us talking to foreign strangers? It sounds like an abusive relationship.

  • Tomcat

    Does anyone know if the Getty Endowment to the Arts burned or was saved?

    • Natty Enquirer

      The Getty is fine. It is designed to withstand fire and has its own firefighting defenses. If there is one property that L.A. will fight tooth and nail to save, it’s the Getty.

  • CB

    We got our attention. We never thought anyone would think we meant it! You know, we were trying to make a point, not really take an action.

  • Cackalaquiano

    Fine. These two deserve each other.

  • Alex Polkovsky

    Alternative headline : Man wearing rubbish beard refuses to divorce other beard.

    Poor soapy-wappy dipshits. The almighty created two trillion galaxies just support your political party, root for your sports team, and engage in just the sam bigotry you were raised with.

  • Charlie 2001

    Well marriage can be a religious rite but it is also a contract. It is a civil right.

    • Boreal

      Weddings can be religious, marriage is a civil contract.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Grandstanding hypocrite crybabies. May you fade into much-deserved obscurity.

    • William

      I’m sure she can find work selling lumps of shit at a Renaissance Fair.

  • Rex

    They knew when they made the statement they had no intention of following through. Seems a good Christian would not make a false statement, but I’m not one to judge.

  • Stubenville

    Another “Xtian” speaking out of their ass. Shocking.


  • TimJ

    “…redefinition of marriage changes the agreement under which we were originally married.”. What the hell does that mean? Did the state promise you they would never let gays get married?

  • Kevin Andrews

    One more graphic example of the Christ-O-Fascist scum of the Earth doing what they do best; living lies and fraud upon all humanity. Mentally ill pedophiles without a single redeeming quality is the best description to date.

  • Revelations of adultery in 3..2..1..

  • Relious talk is always hyperbole, so it’s just more of their drama-queen style of empty bluster.

  • MaryJOGrady

    What a ridiculous load of hateful Jeebusite nit-picking.

  • JDS

    Well ass monkeys you need to go through it, you made such a fuss.

  • ClevelandJim

    Typical full of hot air cowards, completely childish.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Many of us have had the experience of committing to our loving partners regardless of state approval. Apparently, they weren’t strong enough to follow through and go it in their own. Shocking (not).

  • Blake Jordan

    Why did they think anyone would actually give a fuck in the first place?

    Straight people do stupid shit all the time, including marrying/divorcing for impulsive/immature reasons…

  • blackstar
    • Lumpy Gaga


      [cough] Er, um, beautiful that you can say “shit” on TV there.

      • There is a lovely story told that the late President Coolidge (of the USA) was addressing some gathering of farmers and expatiating on the virtues of manure.

        Mrs Coolidge was in the audience, and the woman sitting next to her asked her in a stage whisper, “Grace, is it really necessary for the President to use such indelicate language?”

        “Honey, you don’t know how hard it was to persuade him to call it manure!”

  • iambu

    “My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the State,”

    Ah. Someone gave you a dictionary, I see.

  • Halou

    Unprincipled cowards.

  • Adam Stevens

    Maybe heterosexuals should stop playing games with such a sacred institution.

    They are ruining marriage for us decent people, and we should not have to be compared to them.

    It is, perhaps, time to relegate them to civil unions until they can show that they can respect the institution of marriage.

  • Empty vessels make most noise.

  • Xuuths

    Ah, yes, this comes as no surprise because everybody knew they were lying.

  • William

    I was hoping to take.him for a test drive, to see if he was husband material.

    • architect_tim

      He is such a “bear-wanna-be”….or “bear-wallabee”.

  • Frank Conway

    So what they are saying is that same-sex marriage now has absolutely no effect on their marriage.

  • SilasMarner

    Hey Nick and Sarah Jensen…FUCK YOU!!

  • anne marie in philly


  • kareemachan

    100 to 1 that this was pointed out to them maybe ten minutes after he said this.

    Basically, I’m calling bullshit on these idiots.

  • Rocco

    How can anyone take them seriously?

    • Ben in Oakland

      If they don’t, why should anyone else?

  • nocadrummer

    “Anti-Gay Christian Couple Reneges On Vow To Divorce If Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Law”

    How [religious fundamentalist] “Christian” of them!

  • Mike__in_Houston

    They’re not getting divorced after all? I am shocked, SHOCKED, I tells ya. Hypocrites.

  • Steve Teeter

    Well, look who’s finally discovered the value of love and commitment.

  • Elsewhere1010

    So they wanted to be divorced from the state, but didn’t realize they could no longer cohabitate?

    Nah. I got nothing. Sometimes you’re presented with stupid manifested in it’s purest, most stupendous, and potent form and all you can do is stand back and admire it for its vastness.

    • stevenj

      They must not have duplexes in Australia.

  • Baltimatt

    Ten year anniversary? Scream!

    • Joba

      How long of you been moderating the Baltimore Sun talk forms? 20 years? You post there you post here you post everywhere.
      Do you actually have a real life?

  • John Calendo

    This is an outrage! Theses Christians made a vow not simply to Australia but to Christ Himself! Now they break that vow, they mocked the sovereignty of the Lord, they join the army of Satan. They must be shunned.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Jesus forgave them. He told me so.

  • Spongebob CrankyPants


  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Behold, one and all, the courage of Christian conviction…take note, point and laugh.

  • Nic Peterson

    Dog knew they were lying.

  • Guess

    Wait… does Australian Rules Marriage dictate that once you divorce you can’t just shack up with each other? Or are they just making crap up as they go along?

    • Shane Gowland

      You need to have been legally separated for 12 months before the divorce will be granted.

  • Charlie In SF

    Lying scum

  • Friday

    What, Christians setting themselves up as ‘martyrs’ over nothing lied and chickened out once they had no chance of hurting anyone with their bullshit? Go figure.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    A Talibangelical who broke a vow. Gee, imagine my surprise.

  • jmax

    “We will be making no further comment.”
    Can I get that in writing, fuckface?

  • Tut, tut. They can get a civil divorce and end their entitlement to the *legal* rights of married couples, while still remaining spiritually married pursuant to the tenets of their religion so their cohabitation doesn’t have to be “sinful.”

  • Pip


  • Ben in Oakland

    Honey, we knew you’d never get a divorce.

    It just shows that you’d have the courage of your convictions,…

    If only you had any convictions.

  • Joe Lumello

    Fake Christians making fake promises…shocking.

  • Highmoremotel

    This couple has a commitment problem.

  • ECarpenter

    Gosh, fundamentalist Christians reneging on promises they made? This must be the first time ever!

    Jesus is sobbing into his hanky after being let down by these commandment-breakers – he really really wanted them to divorce, but not for the reasons they claimed. It’s a dark blue one, he flags right apparently.

    • That’s why it made the news!

  • ETownCanuck

    Well well well…what a surprise, more Christians who won’t actually put up rather than shut up. Guess Jesus doesn’t really mean all that much to you after all.

  • Jim Maloney

    They lie. Unsurprising. No integrity.

  • Jim Maloney

    “The legislation currently makes it untenable for us to do this under the law.” – Did they outlaw divorce too and Joe didn’t post about that?

  • GanymedeRenard

    So much fuss for nothing. Fucking hypocrites.

  • bdog

    SO pathetic.

  • Surprise, surprise, surprise, not.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Can we have back the 15 seconds of attention you have stolen from our lives?

  • FelineMama

    “Require them to separate from one another” .That’s their excuse, I mean, reason. Doesn’t that happen in divorces anyway? Typical anti-gays. Lying hypocrites. They probably were so assured this wouldn’t fly. KUDOS Australia!!

  • NZArtist

    Christians lying? Bugger me, how completely unlike them.

  • Nowhereman

    So, you lied. Surprise surprise.

  • Rusty Redfield

    I think these folks need some divorce gifts and cards, don’t you? Just to remind them of their promise. Anyone have an address?

  • Aurvara

    Why could they not have a religious wedding only? They wouldn’t be married in the eyes of the state and could not benefit from all the advantages that the legal married state brings, but that should be no barrier to them, given their moral objections.

  • Michael Smith

    This has got to be the most fucked of news I’ve heard all day! #Bigots4God Omg! Mu husband and i have been together for 30 YEARS, 2 of which are legally married where I took my husbands last name! I’d like to mention to all you bigoted Christians out here that we have raised a family together, have grandkids, own a home, own a business!! So while your out breaking yet another law in the bible about divorce, they are waiting for you in hell! Love makes a family never forget that!

  • Michael Smith

    This has got to be the most fucked of news I’ve heard all day! #Bigots4God Omg! Mu husband and i have been together for 30 YEARS, 2 of which are legally married where I took my husbands last name! I’d like to mention to all you bigoted Christians out here that we have raised a family together, have grandkids, own a home, own a business!! So while your out breaking yet another law in the bible about divorce, they are waiting for you in hell! Love makes a family never forget that!

  • jonfromcalifornia

    Ho hum… just another example of evangelical Christians lying and breaking their promises.

  • 3-Star

    I wonder if there’s a group over there that can organize rotating shifts of reminding them to divorce. I wonder how many times they would be approached before a mental breakdown? LOL

  • Gianni

    Shocking reversal! I notice that your squirming for some sort of rationale for not divorcing – the legislation makes it untenable. Nonsense! You just don’t have the courage to admit that it was a foolish and silly notion that would accomplish nothing except a divorce and unhappiness for you and your wife. All of Australia and readers on this site now know how you feel about gay equality. Congrats! Now settle in and resume your lives as you have up until you let your high-handed, Christian foolishness run away with your better judgement. Who knows? Upon further reflection, you two just might have learned something really positive about relating to other people.

  • Rob Cahill

    “The decision to divorce is not one we’ve taken lightly.” Or indeed at all.

  • JCF

    I did not see that coming.