Vanessa Hill, a public speaker, has married her son, Lachlan, to his gay partner.
Lachlan, a professional choreographer, was said to have tried dating a lady for three years but reportedly failed. He was eight years old when his father died.
He later got engaged with his partner, also a dancer, after Australia permitted same-sex marriages.
Vannesa, who has been a devout Christian, initially found it difficult to accept his son’s sexuality, did not only walk him to the aisle, she also wore a rainbow sash; the universal LDGTQ+ symbol.
“I knew that I loved my son, and nothing would ever stop me from loving my son. But I had some thinking and some praying to do. Lots,” Vanessa wrote in a self-penned blog.
She stated that she was seeking counsel from God, who she said almost told her “I gave up my son, so you don’t have to”.
The mother, who is also an author, further stated that she decided to ignore what anyone else says, but was hurt to see her son being bullied at school, as well as comments made by her Christian friends.
She tied the rainbow sash around her and raised a toast, saying “Because in the end, love wins”.
“I had bought the sash specifically for the wedding and wasn’t sure if I’d use it. Lachlan had always joked that he hoped I’d be waving the gay pride flag one day. It’s such a sensitive issue and I’m very intentional in what I do, so I needed to be sure my message was consistent and well thought through. When I put on the sash, it was both a sign of the promises of God and the acknowledgement of gay people being loved and accepted,” she told Metro.co.uk.
“I raised a toast to love because it seems to be the thing that the church has forgotten is what we are called to be in the world – not judgmental, but loving.”
“It was interesting because I’ve been accused by some Christians for being an emotional mother and not true to my faith, but I was the only one in the whole place that wasn’t sobbing.
“Everyone was in tears. I wanted my son, and his husband, and every other gay that was there at that wedding, to know that I love them, and the God I believe in loves them.”
Vannesa further said her professional talents have helped healed the LGBTQ and Christian communities.
“Since that day, I’ve had gay folks thank me for helping them heal and understand their Christian friends and family better.
“I’ve had Christians thank me for helping them understand and embrace gay people in a way they never have before. And sadly I’ve had some Christians tell me I’m wrong, I’ve betrayed Jesus, and that I should repent. I feel sad for them. I’m at peace,” she added.