Sarah and Nick Jensen, the Canberra couple who famously said they would divorce if marriage equality ever became law in Australia, have broken their commitment.

The couple were recently asked if they were going to follow through on their promise but said they were waiting to see the shape of the legislation before deciding.

At the time, Nick said that “marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God.”

“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.”

Lawyer Michael Tiyce recently said he would provide the couple pro-bono legal assistance in the execution of their divorce.

But today, the day after marriage equality legislation passed, the Jensens released a statement breaking off their impending divorce, Junkee reported.

“My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the state,” he said in a text message.

“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,” said Nick, who has been heavily involved with the Australian Christian Lobby.

Here’s hoping Nick and Sarah Jensen are better at remaining committed to their marital vows than they are to the outlandish ones they make to the press.

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