The couple, who were together in their early 20s, had a rocky relationship and a lot of challenges.
When he told his parents they were considering marriage, they were shocked.
“I was very hurt, and they were devastated,” said the bride.
“It’s just hard to explain to them what it’s like to see their son’s father be a gay man.
It’s very sad.”
The couple, along with a few close friends, started an online campaign to raise awareness for same-sex marriage.
“My husband is an openly gay man, and he’s been married to a woman for about 10 years,” she said.
“He doesn’t feel like he should have to tell his parents that he’s gay.”
But she said she is not afraid to tell her story and it has given her the support she needs.
“When we did this campaign, we had a lot people saying to us that we’re just going to be a footnote in history,” she explained.
“We want to be remembered as one of the brave people that stood up against bigotry.”
But while many people have taken their cues from her, there are still many others who have not.
The campaign has received an outpouring of support from across the country.
“It was very encouraging, but there are a lot more people out there that don’t feel the same way,” she continued.
“We have to be brave to stand up and speak up for what’s right.”
The campaign to end discrimination has become more popular since its launch, with more than 7 million people signing up to participate in it on the site.
It has also sparked a debate about how far LGBT rights can go, and if it is too late to stop it.
While the campaign is a step in the right direction, it still needs to go further.
“If we continue to say to people, ‘It’s OK to be LGBT, it’s OK not to be gay, it can’t be a choice, it has to be something that happens in your body,’ then people are going to continue to reject it,” said Rachel.
“If we are going back to the ’50s and ’60s, and we have gay kids, we have to keep telling them, ‘This is not OK.'””
Watch more of Rachel’s interview on Today Tonight on Thursday at 6.30pm on ABC.”
If we are going back to the ’50s and ’60s, and we have gay kids, we have to keep telling them, ‘This is not OK.'”
Watch more of Rachel’s interview on Today Tonight on Thursday at 6.30pm on ABC.
Topics:people,religion-and-beliefs,gay-marriage,family-and–children,family,government-and/or-politics,marriage,ap-newcastle-2300,lindsay-spencer,qldFirst posted March 30, 2019 13:00:50Contact Adam ScottMore stories from Queensland