A Christian couple in Australia has pledged to divorce if gay and lesbian couples are allowed to marry.

Sarah and Nick Jensen said in a lengthy public letter that they would divorce if lawmakers approve a proposed bill that would allow gay couples to marry in Australia.

Nick Jensen, director of the Lachlan Macquarle Institute, which fosters “a greater appreciation of the relevance of a Christian worldview in public policy,” said that his high school sweetheart is the only woman he has ever loved, but that the law's change would force them to seek a divorce after 10 years of marriage.

“As Christians, we believe marriage is not a human invention,” Jensen said in the letter.

“Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God's intimate story for human history. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And the marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognizes God's involvement or authority in it.”

“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.”

Jensen added the he will remain with his wife, married in God's view.