Huffington Post says there was a bit of drama for lovebirds and fiancés, Jonathan Bennett (aka Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls) and Jaymes Vaughn (aka the Chippendales cast member who was on Amazing Race). They were turned away from a wedding venue in Mexico because it’s a gay wedding. But Jonathan and Jaymes didn’t let that kill their wedded dreams and now they plan to make their wedding even more beautifully gayer.
Jonathan and Jaymes, who got engaged in November 2020, appear on the cover of the summer 2021 issue of The Knot and they’re the first gay couple to do so.
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They talked about what gay fiancé-life is like saying they both wear engagement rings. Jaymes said:
“There really isn’t a precedent for two guys. I knew we both wanted to wear rings to say we’re engaged…. When you wear the ring diamond-side out, the world sees we’re engaged. When we get married, it flips and the diamonds face us, because my world is more beautiful with you in it forever.”
How cute. But not cute enough for some homophobic shit stain who runs Palace Resorts. Jonathan revealed that he and Jaymes were first planning to get married at a Palace Resorts property in Mexico but things got homophobic once the people in charge found out it was a gay wedding:
“When we got engaged, the owner said he couldn’t marry us because we’re two men and it goes against his morals. That was a sucker punch to the gut. We decided in that moment that our wedding was bigger than us. It’s about the LGBTQ+ community. We’re really making a point to make this wedding very loud on purpose.”
This isn’t the first time a Palace Resorts property was accused of homophobia related to gay weddings:
In 2018, Giulia Umile and Jess Herron of Philadelphia alleged that Cancún’s Le Blanc Spa Resort, which is owned by Palace Resorts, refused to host their wedding because they were a lesbian couple. Ultimately, the women were married at UNICO Hotel, an LGBTQ-inclusive resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya region.
Apparently, this slight bout of homophobia has caused Jonathan and Jaymes to turn the gay all the way up for their wedding:
“The pandemic has made us step back and look at what’s important. I want to tell these kinds of stories. I want to get married to Jaymes and make sure our love is very loud for everyone to see. We’re doing a lot of firsts. I hope by doing all of this, it changes some hearts and minds and helps people in our community feel seen and represented.”
So what they’re saying is now their wedding needs to be even gayer than originally planned? I am all for it! Well, as long as they don’t try to recreate this classic:
It’s like staring into the sun!