Congratulations to Katie and Kimberly, who were the first couple to get married in ‘Equality House’ right across the street from the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church!
The church, based in Topeka, Kansas, is renowned for its hateful campaigns against gay people, and picketing of military funerals. Equality House, which has been painted in rainbow-colours, sent out messages earlier this month saying they were looking for same-sex couples who wanted to marry.
Katie Short and Kimberly Kidwell replied, and were chosen for the first wedding to take place at the home purchased by Planting Peace founder Aaron Jackson to “combat messages of hate.”
The couple, who have been together for five years, announced their engagement on Facebook last week. They have since received messages of support and love via Facebook and Twitter.
A representative from LGBT rights group ‘Have A Gay Day’ posted on Facebook that luckily there was no hateful reaction from the anti-gay church across the road.
“We took a photo today with Planting Peace and the Equality House. Some people might hate for even taking a photo with the members of the Westboro Baptist Church. I like to think of what Ellen Degeneres might have said: ‘Haters are my motivators’. I don’t believe in what the WBC stands for but I stand for love. She didn’t curse us out or call us names and we didn’t call them names or say anything negative at all. “We are greater than their hate and that is what we will be remembered for. If I believe in loving my haters I will proudly stand next to them.”
Earlier this year, when Planting Peace announced plans to paint the house in rainbow colours, Westboro Baptist Church released a statement saying: “We thank God for the Sodomite Rainbow House. It is right across the street from the ONLY church that loves people enough to tell them the Bible truth about the filthy, soul-damning, nation-destroying sin of sodomy… The Sodomite Rainbow house helps shine a bright spotlight on this!’