Our expert says:
Thanks for the extra details, W. And well said on the broade gay issues.
Ma-in-Law's major shift in attitude seems to remain inexplicable, so far. So she will need to be talked to, in advance of Christmas. Maybe first a session with her daughter, your partner ; followed up by a session with the three of you ? You don't need to tell you partner every detail of how angry this has made you feel, but give her, as you gave us, many practical examples of HOW her mother has been insulting and unpleasant.
In the straight world, implacably hostile in-laws are sadly not uncommon, so I suppose we must expect the phenomenon to occur also in gay relationships.
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