Expedia is doubling down on its proclaimed support of same-sex marriage with a poignant wedding-themed video.
Titled "Find Your Understanding," the clip -- which was produced as part of the online travel company's ongoing "Find Yours" campaign -- tells the story of Artie Goldstein, a retired business owner who admits to feeling apprehensive before attending his daughter Jill's same-sex wedding in California.
"My expectations of what Jill's life was going to be included a husband," Goldstein recalls. "So when Nikki came to ask permission to marry our little girl, that startled me. I told her, 'This is not the dream I had for my daughter.' I didn't say yes, I didn't say no." Stunning footage of Jill and Nikki's nuptials accompany Goldstein's emotional narration. "You come to terms with it...it's supposed to be this way," Goldstein observes.
In an email statement to HuffPost Gay Voices, the blushing brides said they were "truly humbled" by Expedia's decision to feature their story as part of the campaign. "Our hope is that all families can experience this type of closeness and support, regardless of sexuality," Nikki and Jill Weiss-Goldstein said. "We are extremely proud of our father and his personal journey that has led him to his understanding."
Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia's chief executive officer, said he was proud to share the family's unique experience. "At the heart of Artie’s story is the idea that travel is deeply personal," Khosrowshahi noted. "We’ve built our entire brand behind that idea. The trip to his daughter’s wedding changed his perspective on fatherhood, his daughter’s happiness and her same-sex marriage."
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