As part of its “Find Yours” campaign, Expedia.com® introduced a video, titled “Find Your Understanding” that follows a father’s journey, both literal and figurative, as he deals with conflicting emotions relative to his lesbian daughter’s same-sex marriage. The short video is composed of real footage taken of the father and daughter and you can watch it below.
This journey was undertaken by Artie Goldstein, a retired business owner and father to Jill Sloane Goldstein. Nikki Weiss, Jill’s girlfriend, “startled” Nikki’s father one afternoon when she asked for permission to marry his daughter. Artie had a dream for his daughter that included a traditional marriage and grandkids. “This is not the dream I had for my daughter....I had some real apprehensions,” he says. “What’s this going to look like, two girls getting married?”
The central premise of his story is the realization that he had to choose whether or not he would maintain a relationship with his daughter.
"This was a situation I had to come to understand. Once we got out to California and saw how happy they were, all that trepidation just seemed to go away," he says.
In his speech at their wedding reception, Artie tells the radiant Jill and her wife Nikki,
"When Jill was born, there was a certain spark in her eye and a glow in her heart...when she got a little older, all of a sudden, that spark that I looked for in your eyes, in your heart, I didn't see. And it pained us greatly. All of a sudden..BAM...there's Nikki and that spark is back. And we are just so happy that we have our Jill back. And now we have Nikki. We love you both."
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