The gay man whose parents rejected his wedding invitation on “Bride and Prejudice” is “overwhelmed” with support from viewers.
Sunrise discussion of Bride and Prejudice
Chris and fiance Grant appeared on Channel 7’s Sunrise to discuss his mother’s heartbreaking refusal to accept his sexuality.
The couple’s engagement was shown on the controversial show last week. On Monday night’s episode, Chris told his parents about his plans to marry Grant.
Mother Yvonne told him: “You know I’ve got very strong beliefs on that situation. For us, that’s not an option. We love you, but we really don’t want to be part of that.”
She added that she never wants to meet his partner. Chris replied: “You can choose all of me, or you can choose none of me.”
Sunrise host David Koch told Chris how brave he was. He asked him if he was surprised at his parents’ reaction.
“I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I was definitely hoping for a different outcome definitely.”
First discussion of sexuality
Chris said it was the first time they’d ever had a conversation about his sexuality.
“Mum and Dad have been there for major events like my university graduation, and I had a partner there at the time.
“So I thought, chances are slim to good maybe, but it was kind of expected.”
Chris said he was more disappointed in the reaction of his father, who doesn’t share his wife’s religious beliefs.
“Growing up, raised a Jehovah’s Witness, you get it drilled into you that being gay is not the right thing,” Chris replied.
“And I kind of expected that response from my mum because she’s very religious, whereas my dad is actually not part of that religion.
“He doesn’t have a set of religious beliefs to have that conviction. That’s his own personal beliefs so I was more disappointed that that actually came from him.”
Grant’s parents also traveled to Australia from the US but gave the couple their support.
Grant said he’d heard about Chris’s parents’ reaction but nothing could prepare him for seeing the footage on TV.
“It’s really hard to literally watch your partner’s heartbreak. But at the same time, I’m very proud of him for trying to stand up and do what’s right,” he said.
“And for staying so calm in that situation, because I think he did a lot better than what I would have.”
Viewers around the country took to social media to vent their outrage.
Chris said people also stopped him in the street to share their own stories..
“It’s one of the main reasons we decided to do the show, because it was timely, particularly with what’s been going on. All LGBTQ relationships are just as valid as other people’s.”
Reaction to Bride and Prejudice
— ????????-?????????? (@urghreally) February 6, 2017
— David Knight (@MrDavidMKnight) February 6, 2017
How vile are Chris’ parents’ on #brideandprejudice – damn you reality TV, you got me! Open your eyes to your world you fools. Grow up!!
— Tim Campbell (@TimCampbellTwit) February 6, 2017
Crying at the reality that some Lgbt+ people have to go through. So thankful my family is loving and accepting of me! #BrideAndPrejudice
— MatikaLittle (@matikalittle) February 6, 2017
— michele lansdown (@mishlansdown) January 30, 2017
— MelGonz (@melinda_small) February 6, 2017
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