The elders' definition of apostasy was deviating from the "customary" beliefs of JWs. How often have the GB changed these customary beliefs, thereby apostasising from the faith?
By their own standards they condemn themselves.
This JC was nothing short of a witch hunt, conducted by blinkered men unable to form any reasoned opinion for themselves and with one agenda - to remove "disease" from the congregation. At what point does a JW lose their humanity? Their attitude was utterly shameful.
In contrast, the couple were dignified, honest and remained true to their own personal integrity. I wish them the very best.