TV & Showbiz

Hallmark Channel Same-Sex Wedding Movie A ‘Betrayal’?


For the first time, the Hallmark Channel will include a movie featuring a same-sex wedding during the Christmas season. Not everyone is pleased.

If there’s anyone who wouldn’t be pleased about a Hallmark Channel movie that happens to feature a same-sex marriage, it’d be Christians.

In fact, the website Christian Headlines says the plan to air the film this month leaves some feeling “betrayed.” Those who feel betrayed seem to think the network has an obligation to pretend those “gays” don’t really exist.

The Hallmark Channel describes the movie in question, Wedding Every Weekend, this way:

Nate and Brooke are going to the same four weddings, four weekends in a row. To avoid set-ups, they go together as “wedding buddies.” But what starts as a friendship soon becomes deeper.

Nate and Brooke? That sounds like a boy and girl to me.

No, the central players in the movie aren’t raising the objections. The objections come from one of the four couples who marry during the course of the film. One of them, it turns out, happens to be a couple of women.

It will be the first time a same-sex couple will be depicted tying the knot on the network.

Here’s a preview:

The two lesbian characters, “Amanda” and “Vicky,” appear for a total of about two seconds in the promo for the film. That fact, it seems, further set off those who’ve started a petition against the movie. They seem to think that it’s an effort to “hide” the same-sex wedding aspect from unsuspecting viewers.

Here’s a clue: if they were truly trying to hide it, they wouldn’t have included two shots in a promo that ran on national television. This is the age of the DVR, after all. Viewers can and do rewind, fast-forward and freeze video when they want a closer look. When I was a kid, you saw the commercials and promos as they aired. When they were over, you had to wait — sometimes for hours — until they ran again. Now you can go back and watch again and again.

If you miss such details now, you probably aren’t paying much attention to begin with.

Hallmark posted the video on its Facebook page last week. They then posted a still of the same-sex couple as well to promote the movie. I can’t agree that this is being deceptive.

Maybe it’s that those who are calling for a boycott of the network are the ones who have the problem.

They seem to think that if they live in a world where no one talks about same-sex marriages, such unions don’t exist. That’s not exactly realistic, is it.

Maybe they still inexplicably believe that same-sex couples who enter into marriage are out to “destroy” the institution.

That, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth, either. Those same-sex couples who want to get married do so because they see value in that institution. Otherwise, they’d avoid it like the plague.

I think cheating or divorced opposite-sex couples do far more proverbial “damage” to the institution than loving couples (of either gender combination) who want to be part of it because they want to express their love and faithfulness for one another.

Maybe that’s just me.

The law now allows same-sex marriages. They’re part of real life.

Perhaps it’s not the end of the world that we see an opposite-sex couple falling in love with each other while watching other couple’s celebrate a love of their own.

If you think it is, by all means, don’t watch. I’m sure the Hallmark Channel will be fine.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.