Buderim parents reject invitation to gay son's wedding
HOW would you react if your parents flatly refused to acknowledge your fiance?
Could you remain calm, hold back tears and refrain from screaming?
That's the situation gay couple Chris and Grant have been wrestling with.
Last night, Channel Seven aired its second episode of Bride and Prejudice which showed Chris extending a wedding invitation to his conservative Buderim-based parents, only to be shot down.
Instead of accepting, Chris' Jehovah's Witness mother Yvonne and army father Jeff rejected the invitation to even meet their son's fiance due to their personal and religious beliefs.
"It's disappointing because everyone wants the love and acceptance of their family," Chris said.
"I would like a mature adult relationship with my parents.
"That may happen, but at this point, they may not be ready for it."
As heartbreaking as the situation might be, Chris said it's not a unique script for others who identify as LGBTIQ.
"It's good to actually bring some light to this conversation and these issues," he said.
"To give that a face and raise awareness is I think a really good thing."
Since the episode aired, thousands have taken to social media with messages of support and well-wishes for the couple, who intend to wed in the United States.
While these comments have been largely positive, many have also attacked Chris' parents for their unwillingness to accept their son's homosexuality.
But the 39-year-old defended his folks and said he's found going on the attack isn't necessarily the answer.
"The fact that we've got so much support out there and people sending us love has been really heart-warming," Chris said.
"Since (filming the episode) I've taken some time to understand and process mum's beliefs and so I have to a certain extent respect that.
"When you're trying to educate someone on something they don't understand, I find trying to understand where they're coming from and their motivations is a better approach.
"The support out there from the pubic has been amazing but Grant and I would like to see that energy invested into other people and having everyone make sure they throw their support behind others as well."
Chris said his "fantastic" relationship with Grant's parents helped ease some of his disappointment, and finished by hinting their futures still looked bright.
"The wedding plans are coming along smoothly, as hopefully everyone will see in weeks to come," Chris said.