The handsome husbands, who tied the knot in 2014, juggle a very big, life-changing decision with their quest for intimacy, and learn to expect the unexpected along the way.
Ramsay, 38, told The Huffington Post that the incident is just one example of how his husband was able to "let go of the limitations" he’d imposed on himself when the Los Angeles-based pair signed up to star on the third season of the reality series, which follows four couples during their first year of matrimony.
Meanwhile, Liberati, 45, said allowing their lives to be captured for posterity was to "show people that [a same-sex marriage] is no different as anyone else’s" in a "respectful," albeit warts-and-all, way. While "Newlyweds" featured same-sex couples on both of its previous seasons, Liberati and Ramsay’s story is the first to air after the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage.
Another goal, Liberati said, was to remind members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community not to succumb to what HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile once described as "victory blindness."
"We can’t get complacent," he said. "There are still so many states where you can get married on Friday and get fired on Monday for getting married. There’s still a lot more work to do."
Ramsay is no show business novice. The veteran Broadway performer and Canada native was previously featured on "Thintervention with Jackie Warner" and "RuPaul’s Drag Race," and has since created a series of fitness videos on YouTube. In contrast, Liberati, who hails from Utah and was raised in the Mormon church, has been behind the scenes as a celebrity hairstylist and make-up artist, although he’s coiffed stars for InStyle, Vogue and Glamour magazine spreads, as well as the Academy Awards and the Tony Awards.
Ramsay nonetheless admitted to having one very specific reservation about having a national platform.
"There isn’t a good track record for married couples on reality TV," he said. Ultimately, however, the "bigger picture" won out: "We felt like we had to at least give this a go, to showcase who we are as a gay couple."
These days, the couple also hopes to shine the spotlight on their other professional collaboration, Fit + Phab, which The Salt Lake Tribune described as "a one-stop shop for all your beauty, fitness and wellness needs."
Still, the men say they feel a responsibility to portray same-sex couples in the best light possible on the series.
"People seem to appreciate that we are authentically being ourselves," Ramsay said. "Every single person in the LGBT community and in the straight community should be allowed to be themselves and love who they want to."
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