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Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett was rejected from dream wedding venue in Mexico for being gay

Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett and fiance Jaymes Vaughan were rejected from their dream wedding venue in Mexico for being gay

Jonathan Bennett revealed he was rejected from his dream wedding venue for being gay. 

The 39-year-old actor — who stars on the cover of The Knot‘s summer 2021 issue, Pride & Joy, with fiance Jaymes Vaughan — recalled a major challenge when touring destinations for his upcoming nuptials.

Jonathan remembered the gut-wrenching feeling when the owner of a Palace Resorts property in Mexico denied them access because of their same-sex relationship.

Adversity: Jonathan Bennett — who stars on the cover of The Knot ‘s summer 2021 issue, Pride & Joy, with fiance Jaymes Vaughan — recalled a major challenge when touring destinations for his upcoming nuptials

‘When we got engaged, the owner said he couldn’t marry us because we’re two men and it goes against his morals,’ he said. ‘That was a sucker punch to the gut. 

‘We decided in that moment that our wedding was bigger than us. It’s our wedding, but it isn’t just about us. It’s about the LGBTQ+ community. We’re really making a point to make this wedding very loud on purpose.’

Despite the unnecessary challenges, the couple found a new location for their loud and proud wedding. 

Staying strong: Jonathan remembered the gut-wrenching feeling when the owner of a Palace Resorts property in Mexico denied them access because of their same-sex relationship

Staying strong: Jonathan remembered the gut-wrenching feeling when the owner of a Palace Resorts property in Mexico denied them access because of their same-sex relationship

‘We knew we could go to the UNICO Hotel, because on social and in their marketing, they have shown us that we’re welcome there,’ he said. ‘When we first started talking about having our wedding there, they were excited for us, which is what everyone’s wedding is supposed to be.’

Jaymes dropped down to one knee and proposed to the Mean Girls star in November in front of friends and family.  

And while details of their wedding are still under wraps, the pair created custom diamond rings to wear for both engagement and ceremony. 

'When we got engaged, the owner said he couldn’t marry us because we’re two men and it goes against his morals,' he said. 'That was a sucker punch to the gut'

‘When we got engaged, the owner said he couldn’t marry us because we’re two men and it goes against his morals,’ he said. ‘That was a sucker punch to the gut’

‘There really isn’t a precedent for two guys,’ Vaughan said. ‘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.’ 

Jonathan and Jaymes are ‘breaking away’ from most wedding traditions, but plan to incorporate small details to complement their ‘classic with a masculine vibe’ event.

‘We want to make sure that there’s never a moment during the engagement or wedding planning journey that LGBTQ+ people aren’t excited,’ Bennett said. ‘We want to make sure that they are celebrated every moment and don’t feel a sense of otherness. The otherness needs to be removed from gay weddings.’  

'We want to make sure that there's never a moment during the engagement or wedding planning journey that LGBTQ+ people aren't excited,' Bennett said

‘We want to make sure that there’s never a moment during the engagement or wedding planning journey that LGBTQ+ people aren’t excited,’ Bennett said 

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