When it was announced that Married at First Sight would be including their first same-sex couple in season three, there was widespread outrage.
Surprisingly, this outrage didn’t come from those who rally against marriage equality; it came from people within the LGBTI community.
For many, featuring a gay couple in the reality show was tokenistic and exploitative; using the ‘novelty’ of gay marriage for ratings rather than to promote social justice.
In the leadup to the show, one person wrote on the Married at First Sight Facebook page, “This is disgusting.”
“While the LGBTI community is on the brink of fighting for the right to marry, Channel 9 is making a quick buck by making a mockery of something we don’t even have yet.”
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“I’ve been in a relationship with my fiance for nine years. Nothing would make us and our loved ones happier than to walk down the aisle. Legally. With all the ramifications and responsibilities and commitment that comes with a marriage,” another commenter wrote.
“We don’t want to ‘play’ at getting married. Marriage isn’t a game, and it’s not a show. This ‘reality’ show sends a message to Australia that gay people are OK at playing marriage, and we’re content with pretending. Take it from me, we are 100% not OK with this.”
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The idea of a same-sex couple getting ‘fake’ married on television when they’re not legally able to in real life made people understandably uncomfortable.
And rightly so.
It’s almost like a slap in the face to those who desperately want marriage equality not only so they can have a flash wedding, but so they can be granted the legal benefits of marriage – like their heterosexual counterparts.
Reading the comments shared in the lead up to the show made me apprehensive. This was going to be a television moment that stirred deep emotions for a lot of people. It would make people angry, and hurt, and frustrated.
But upon watching last night’s show, when we finally met Andy and Craig, a very different sentiment emerged.