It was meant to be the happiest day of her life when Charity tied the knot with her long-term love, Phoebe. But when the same-sex couple’s big day arrived, Charity was left humiliated that her parents were a no show to the ceremony.
‘I respect my parents, but I expected more from them,’ Charity explained, after she earlier described why her parents wouldn’t be in attendance. ‘My parents won’t be there at the wedding. They’re pastors of the church. They believe what it says in the Bible, and that is marriage between a man and a woman.’
While Charity knew how her parents felt, she was still crushed they didn’t surprise her, stating, ‘There’s always an element of hope.’
To make matters more difficult for Charity, Phoebe’s parents were in attendance, which highlighted the vast difference between both of their parents.
‘I don’t like that she’s not involved,’ Charity admitted about her mum missing out on her big day, adding she felt ‘disconnected’ and ‘hurt’.
Leading up to the big day, Charity recorded an emotional video for her mother as a last ditch resort to convince her to attend the attending.
‘This is who I am. I can’t change. We leave for New Zealand now. It would make me really happy if you came, and that door is always open.’
With her father not present, Charity’s brother walked her down the aisle.
‘Moving forward Phoebe and I are coming together to form our own family, which I guess they won’t be a part of because of their religious beliefs.’