I live in a lovely
house home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida owned and shared by a great loving couple that is soon to have their 1 year anniversary. The legal and fabulous marriage ceremony last February was wonderful, followed by a memorable reception on board a ship on the intracoastal.
The only sorrowful aspect of the entire event was that one of the groomsman's parents were not present. Now I say it was sad, but knowing him and his past, his family hasn't really been there for him since he opened up to them about his sexuality. At the wedding, he had an amazing crew of friends present and of course I was there, but even though the familial split had occurred years before and not because of the wedding, I was a little emotional about it.
And it is even more sad for I know it happens across this country, this world too many times.
How can a family throw away a family member because of love? It's a rhetorical question, but we saw this ordeal play out on Australia's Bride and Prejudice this past week.
Here's the stab to the heart moment as Chris asks his parents to come to his and Grant's wedding.
How would you have reacted? Friends come and go, but do parents? Chris is counseled in the next video as to what he would like to see happen and if he feels his parents deserve a second chance.
I have not been in this situation before. I currently live 1500 miles away from my parents and even when I was living in the same state as them, they never met anyone I was dating. That might be just as awkward for me as it would be for them. I honestly do not know how they would react. They're very supportive of me, but I have not done anything to bring my sexuality home to them in something that would be so palpable as a boyfriend. It kind of makes me think, how would this very Roman Catholic set of parents react if they saw their son in a gay relationship. They know I'm gay and say they are fine with it, and they have met several of my gay friends, but when it is brought into their home … I wonder.
Even though my parents live so far away, we still see each other like 3 times a year or so. I couldn't imagine my life without them, especially since they are still alive.
Can you relate to Chris and Grant's experience?
Have one of your sets of parents not accepted your love?
If it wasn't your parents that said no way, how has that affected your relationship with your own parents?
For more on Chris and Grant and their time on the Channel 7 show, here's their Live recap session from Monday.