The gay man whose parents rejected his wedding invitation on Channel Seven reality show Bride and Prejudice recently married.
But in the heartbreaking finale of the series Chris’ parents refused to give him their blessing. They also refused to attend his big day.
The show followed Chris and partner of three years Grant as they prepared for their wedding. It also documented Chris’ attempts to convince his devout Jehovah’s Witness mother Yvonne and father Geoff to attend.
Ahead of the wedding, Chris’ aunt and uncle showed him a video message from his mother. The message left him — and audience — heartbroken.
“Chris you really are about to do something that we find very hard to accept,” she said.
“I hold marriage very sacred, so I can’t give you that acceptance or be part of that part of your life.
“That part of your life is just not compatible with ours, but your life is yours to live as you see fit. We do love you, and we want you to keep well.”
Bride and Prejudice marriage ‘starts conversations’ about acceptance
After seeing the video, Chris said he just wants to “have some sort of relationship” with his parents.
“I’ll always be there if they need me, but I’m not putting myself out there to be hurt by them anymore.”
Despite mixed emotions, Chris and Grant married at an outdoor ceremony in Florida. Chris’ aunt and uncle and Grant’s parents attended the ceremony.
“I hate to use the word blessed, but I do feel blessed,” Chris said after the wedding.
“Not everybody gets the chance to meet someone, and when you do you need to really hold onto them.”
Chris previously explained that he and Grant wanted to appear on Bride and Prejudice to demonstrate that some parents of LGBTI people still don’t accept their relationships.
“A lot of people have come up on the street and shared their stories and said thank you for giving this a voice and starting the conversation.”
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