About a year and a half ago a young man in the state of Utah made a bold statement. He proclaimed he would rather starve to death if Utah would legalize same-sex marriage. Utah did eventually legalize same-sex marriage but as far as we know this particular outspoken young man is still alive. Long enough probably to have seen the day that the United States Supreme Court decided that as of June 26 this year the entire United States will recognize marriage licences to same-sex couples. With this ruling the United States became the twenty-first and most populated country to legalize gay weddings. A historical moment, but apparently not enough for others to keep their mouths shot.
Next in line to vote over the rights of LGBT partners is Australia. Also not a small country. And once again someone – or better said someones – is doing their own version of a kids rant over the issue. Nick and Sarah Jensen have declared that should Australia recognize same-sex marriage, they will get a divorce. They bring as reason to the table that they married "as a fundamental order of creation, part of God's intimate story for human history, man and woman, for the sake of children, faithful and for life." It is for that reason they no longer feel comfortable to partake in the new definition of marriage if Australia decides later this year to change that definition.
The whole situation is similar to that of children playing a game and not wiling to follow rules they didn't install themselves. If the Jensens would divorce, they wouldn't do it because there is something wrong with their marriage but for the simple reason they really enjoy what marriage is about and refuse to share that happiness with others. Others who, in their eyes, are lesser then they are and therefor have no right on equal happiness. This is not a rational action. It does not show compassion and it really wouldn't change anything for the better cause. In fact, should Nick and Sarah Jensen divorce for no other reason than the one stated above it would simply be an act befitting a child. Like stamping your foot when you don't get what you want.
Though I do strongly believe that everybody is entitled to their own opinion, I also think the time has come – really come – for some of the conservatives out there to understand LGBT partners are not here to annoy you. Nor do they wish to marry to spite you. No, they are people, belonging to the exact same human race, who have very similar emotions of love and simply like to share that and live their lives like many other people do. It is time that everybody understands that marriage is not a privilege that separates one from the other, but a right that belongs to everybody who choses to take it. The right to voluntarily belong to another, to build a family, to evolve in life. How can one possibly believe that allowing 2 people who love, respect and are committed to one another to marry can hurt the community. The discussion on same-sex marriage in Australia is happening as we speak we can't wait to hear what decision will be made. It would be very strange would Australia vote against. In which case we wonder what the Jensen's will do. Stamp their feet and cry or come to the conclusion that it is – indeed – time to grow up. –BM-
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