For the past five episodes of Bride and Prejudice, Australia has watched with a box of tissues by their side as several couples have struggled with their family’s disapproval of their chosen partners.
From age difference to sexuality to religion, all have been hard to watch. But there is one story that has grabbed us the most – that of Chris and his partner (now husband) Grant.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen him try to convince his very traditional and devout Jehovah’s Witness parents to give their approval for his relationship and attend his wedding.
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“It’s not going to happen Chris. You know I have very strong beliefs on that. For us, it’s not an option. I find homosexuality to be wrong, it’s actually condemned in the bible,” his mum Yvonne told him after he broke the news that he was getting married.
In a later secret meeting, Chris’ father said it was just something he couldn’t accept.
“I don’t hate you or anything. Just some of your choices run the wrong way way with us. It’s not the way I was brought up,” he said.
Yvonne doesn’t like her sons ‘personal choices’. Homosexuality isn’t a choice. Being a homophobic bigot is. #BrideAndPrejudice
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All season we’ve been waiting to see if they would turn up to watch him commit to Grant. In last night’s finale, we found out the answer.
They didn’t show up. On a day that was so very important to their son, despite him leaving them airplane tickets, they chose not to attend.
But their absence – or even news of their absence, which was delivered to Chris on the morning of his wedding by his aunt and uncle – wasn’t even the most heartbreaking part.