Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio of Scottsdale, Arizona, had hoped to celebrate the 8th birthday of Matt’s niece, Natalie by buying her a toy wedding set. The couple wanted to excite Natalie for her flower girl duties for their upcoming wedding. A trip to the toy store made Matt & Nick’s plans a bit more complicated, however. The two couldn’t find a wedding playset with a same-sex couple.
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Hi @mattel! Happy Holidays. We had a difficult time finding a same sex wedding set to give to my niece for her 8th birthday. She and her little sister are flower girls in our upcoming May wedding. We thought it would be special to give her something with a little meaning behind it. What a bummer you don’t make one with two grooms. Anyway, we had to get creative and make a couple purchases. I hope our custom gift inspires you to make a #GayWedding set! ? . Kindest Regards, Matt Jacobi (America’s Favorite #Guncle) . . #LGBT #Grooms #Instagay #LGBTwedding #GayCouple #Guncles #RelationshipGoals #FamilyGoals #MarriageEquality
Undeterred, the two bought the standard Ken & Barbie wedding set–which includes flower girls as well–and swapped out Barbie for another Ken doll. When the girls gave the toy to young Natalie, her first words were “he looks just like you!”
When Matt snapped a picture of the gift for Instagram, Mattel, the toy giant behind Barbie, took notice. The company has now invited the couple for a meeting in Los Angeles to discuss adding a same-sex wedding playset to the iconic toyline.
“It’s going to come up in your family no matter what,” Jacobi told ABC news. “As more same-sex couples are having kids, your kids are going to have kids in the class that have gay parents and things like that, too, so it’s not this huge shock anymore.”
This isn’t the first time Barbie has taken a stand on marriage equality. Last year, Mattel posted an image of Barbie on Instagram wearing a “Love Wins” t-shirt. Jacobi & Caprio will wed next year.