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’til equality us do part

from The Daily Beast

Australian couple threatens to divorce if gay marriage is legal
BY WILLIAM BOOT 06.10.155:50 PM ET
Nick and Sarah Jensen have announced their possible divorce. Not because they’re having martial problems—in fact, Nick says that “my wife is the only woman I have ever loved, the mother of our children, my perfect match.”

No, Nick and Sarah’s marriage is in peril because of gay people. Specifically, the sanity of Nick and Sarah’s unity is threatened by pending marriage-equality legislation in Australia, where they live.
On Wednesday, Nick wrote in Canberra CityNews that should such laws pass, they may “force” him to dissolve his 10-year marriage.

He assures the masses that he has no intention of actually leaving his lady, writing, “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.”

No, his sacrifice will be entirely in rejecting the benefits of legal marriage—should they also be extended to his fellow countrymen. He says, “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.”

When reached by Fairfax Media for additional comment, Nick brought up the ol’ slippery-slope argument, saying that allowing gay people to marry will lead to polygamy.

It’s worth noting that Nick has a dog in this particular fight beyond his 10-year union—he’s the director of Lachlan Macquarie Institute, an entirely donor-funded conservative Christian lobbyist group. Their goal is “to see Christian principles influencing the way we are governed, do business, and relate to each other as a community.”

When reached by Fairfax Media for additional comment, Nick brought up the ol’ slippery-slope argument, saying that allowing gay people to marry will lead to polygamy.

“Once you say that marriage is detached from children, [that it’s] just about love, then when three people come to the state and say ‘Well, we’re all in love’, then the state has no grounds, except unjust discrimination, to say why they can’t get married,” he argued.

We have reached out to Lachlan Macquarie Institute to let Nick know that many of Australia’s marriage-equality advocates are actually anti-polygamy and will update if we receive a response.

We are currently looking into how to contact all of Australia’s gay folks to see if they have any comment on potentially ruining Nick and Sarah’s marriage. We’re sure they feel super terrible about that.

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“Prepare for Martyrdom!”


Sandy Rios: ‘You Must Prepare For Martyrdom’ If Gay Marriage Becomes Legal
SUBMITTED BY Kyle Mantyla on Thursday, 3/19/2015 4:58 pm
Religious Right activists and pastors gathered today for a conference titled “U-Turn: A Conversation with Pastors on Society, Culture and Leadership” that was organized by the Pennsylvania Pastors Network.

Among the participants was Sandy Rios, the American Family Association’s director of governmental affairs and daily radio host, who repeated her warning to those in attendance that they had better “prepare for martyrdom” if marriage equality becomes legal throughout the country.

“There is persecution afoot,” she declared, citing various examples of Christian business owners who are supposedly being persecuted by laws banning discrimination in public services. Eventually, she warned that the push for marriage equality would gravely impact “your wives, your sisters, your children who now are going to be forced to go into public restrooms and share them with men dressed like women.”

“In Massachusetts, where homosexual marriage has been legal for ten years,” she said, “the stories would make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.”

Rios went on to state that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage, it will force every Christian in American to make a choice and so they had better be prepared to take a stand.

“You must prepare for martyrdom,” she said. “I don’t know what it ‘s going to look like, but it’s coming”:


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from “Think Progress”

Pennsylvania: Gay Couples Don’t Deserve To Marry Because They’re Just Like 12-Year-Old Children

By Zack Ford on August 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

Pennsylvania Department of Health Montgomery County, Pennsylvania continues to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — over 150 so far — but the state Department of Health is now arguing that it’s no different than giving marriage licenses to children. The Department is suing to stop the marriages, and its latest brief suggests that gay and lesbian couples are disqualified from marrying just like 12-year-olds, as reported by Philly.com:

The state filed a brief Wednesday opposing the couples’ participation, arguing that their marriage licenses hold no “actual value or legitimacy” and thus have no right to be defended in court.

“Had the clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old . . . is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his ‘license’?” the state wrote.

The state leaves out one key distinction between adult same-sex couples and 12-year-olds: the ability to consent. Indeed, though both groups are prohibited from marrying under state law, the comparison stops there. The only distinction between same-sex couples from opposite-sex couples is their gender, because they are otherwise raising children and engaging in communities just like other families. With this comparison, Pennsylvania is acknowledging that gays and lesbians should be discriminated against simply because of their sexual orientation.

Many of the couples that have married have petitioned to intervene, hoping to protect their marriages should a ruling against Register of Wills Bruce Hanes invalidate their licenses. The state argues that they should file their own suit, though the comparison to children suggests the department has little interest in recognizing their unions.

The Court will hear arguments in the case next Wednesday.

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