Sydney lawyer Michael Tiyce has offered his services, free of charge, to help the straight couple from Canberra who declared they would divorce each other in protest of the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
In 2015, Nick and Sarah Jensen wrote in The Canberra CityNews that the couple’s decision to divorce was “not one they had taken lightly”.
“If our federal parliament votes to change the timeless and organic definition of marriage, it will have moved against the fundamental and foundational building block of Australian society and, indeed, human culture everywhere … This is why we are willing to divorce,” he wrote.
The couple will find themselves in an interesting situation if they choose to go forward with their threat as the pair indicated at the time that they would still “live together and call each other ‘husband and wife” despite Australian law that requires a couple to live separately for 12 months, and prove their marriage is “irreconcilably broken” before seeking a divorce.
Tiyce told news.com.au that he was offering his help “because, quite simply, they are going to need it”. Further explaining, “Continuing to present as husband and wife to the world would, in my opinion, make it impossible for them to establish that their relationship was at an end.”
“The application (to divorce) may be doomed to failure but it is worth giving it a burl (a try).”
Watch the 2015 interview below: