The Westboro Baptist Church Hits The Big Apple for Marriage-Equality Sunday

In anticipation of the inevitable backlash on Sunday, when gays and lesbians can legally jump the broom for the first time, I decided to check out what those wingnuts at Westboro Baptist Church are planning for the big day—and I’m so glad I did.

Over at, the WBC already has its picketing schedule lined up:  On Sunday morning at 7:30am—when most New Yorkers are making their morning coffee, doing the crossword puzzle or rolling over and wondering the name of the trick laying next to them—Fred Phelps’ clan will be staging a formal protest in front of the Marriage Bureau in Manhattan. They’re “picket[ing] the reprobates of fag-infested New York State to remind them that God defined marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman for life.” That’s a lot to digest before noon.

The post goes on confuse elaborate the point by declaring, “That means no fag marriage, no dyke marriage and no divorce + remarriage!”  I’m unclear how divorce is being laid at our feet when we can’t even get married yet—but sometimes when God is at the table it’s best to just leave things to blind faith.  Or just ask for a second glass of Kool-Aid.

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  • robert in NYC

    But god condones hetero polygamy, killing one’s wife for adultery and children for insolence in the old testament. Sorry to disappoint you, Phelps, you fucktard.

  • demandequality

    At 3 pm NOMZIS will also be in front of Governor Cuomo’s NY office – so Brian & Fred will be fucking each other – It was only a matter of time

  • christopher di spirito

    Who cares? We won. The haters lost.

    RIP Amy Winehouse. Found dead in her London home today at age 27.

  • Daez

    @christopher di spirito: Wait, so gay marriage killed Amy Winehouse? Damn that Fred Phelps might be right after all!

    Anyways, why do we even pay attention to what this pathetic hate group does. Its quite obvious they are on the losing side of a battle that will most likely be over in 10-20 years anyways.

  • Mike in Asheville

    @demandequality: “NOMZIES” = fucking brilliant!

  • Scott Rose

    Except for the curse words, NOM and WBC speak the same language.

  • Paco

    I don’t understand why we don’t just get a shit ton of drag queens in their scariest and worst drag to scare em away. Not hating on the ladies (I’m a drag husband in training), just saying I know more straighties that get freaked out by the girls. Let’s do what they did in Tennessee and parade so damn loud no one will even hear the hateful words of that god forsaken church. Smoke em out…or do we use glitter?

  • Daez

    @Paco: Nothing will beat the time that the KKK tried to come to Lakewood, OH, and the police had to put up barbed wire fence barriers to protect the KKK from the counter mob. Those were good times.

  • christopher di spirito

    @Daez: Never said that, Daez. You keep building on your reputation as Queerty’s dumbest and most miserable poster.

  • taylor

    just ignore these people

  • xander

    @christopher di sprito : Daez is likely a (paid?) shill for some right wing or religious group. He pulls bits of verbage, talking points from conservative sites and pastes th here. Did you see, lol, he boasts of driving a $20 K car? That was supposed to make others jealous. Perhaps he meant it was a motorcycle?

  • glitterbomb

    @Paco –

    Step One – Separate the two plys of a Kleenex. Lay flat side by side.
    Step Two – Pour in a few heaping tablespoons of cosmetic grade glitter on one of the sheets, found by the pound for cheap at any makeup or theatrical shop. Must be cosmetic grade, otherwise it doesn’t stick.
    Step Three – Lay the other ply over the one with the glitter heap.
    Step Four – Pull up the four corners until they meet. Bunch together with fingers.
    Step Five – Twist together about three times, so that you have a tightly wound little glitter package.
    Step Six – Pelt at homophobic protesters. The glitter bomb will explode on contact, and it will take about five or six showers before the last of the superfine cosmetic glitter is fully washed off.

    That, ladies and gentlemen and everyone in between, is how you make a highly effective glitterbomb.

  • inoits2

    @glitterbomb: They sue anyone for anything and they would take your house and your mother’s house. I love them personally because they do more for gay rights than anything else. People are disgusted by them and when they protest at funerals it only strengthens our cause. The more they disgust people the more people don’t want to be aligned with homophobia. I think their tactics are getting kinda tired and I see a future where they become irrelevant and people just get bored and no longer want to watch the spectacle.

  • inoits2

    @xander: Lord you think he is a rightie? I hate to see how you define a lib.

  • Omaritin Rivero

    she asshole! how feel u are going hell cuz u insult at all

  • Jeremy

    People should make their own signs for the WBC people. “You going to.. nowhere, hell doesn’t exist, silly”

  • zander

    Damn it, how rude, who the heck shows up to a wedding uninvited, of course they would show up, classless!

  • Shyloe

    Pathetic…. here we are watching celebrities marry and divorce every day, hell more than 50% of teens are watching there parents divorce right this minute, marriage has become nothing more than a piece of paper for so many…. and yet gay/ lesbian couples are not aloud to marry…. if our so called god was so against same sex couples than there would never be that attraction….. hello big man stickin your dick in your secretary as your wife cooks supper at home…. and dont forget the at home wife screwing the milk man…. the point is the only way to keep marriage sacred is for the couples to support and overcome temptation, who cares if your gay, straight, bisexual, as long as you stick to the vows you repeated everything else is irrelivent…. I cant wait for the day that homosexual couples are free to walk down that isle!! And one thing im damn positive about is the homosexual community would be less likely to take advantage of marriage!!

  • Crysta Lynn

    So nice of them to finally find a cause worth fighting for…

    Down with divorce!!! Show those haters how to REALLY protect marriage!

    Someone should try to copy how they do their signs, and stage their own protest right along with em, all out in drag (preferably a big and bad queen, so they don’t dare touch her) with a sign denouncing divorce!

  • Sephia

    Start rallying now and perhaps do what another city/state did and find out where they are all staying and block their cars from being able to leave the hotel area.

    Wish I was there though I’d definitely have a few choice signs to hold in front of the WBC mormons.

  • Sebastian Kirby

    Reasons like these are why I extremely dislike religion. There is no reason for it. Just live your life as best as you can…

  • khavi

    Be careful about actually throwing things at them, even glitter – They’re almost all lawyers and they sue people for that.

    Cheerful reminder that Shirley Phelps (pictured above) has an illegitimate grown son. Wouldn’t it be fun to remind her of that, preferably in big letters?

    I am so looking forward to the counter-protest photos (and hopefully videos).

    Mazel Tov – Let’s get married!

  • CB

    It is not a church, this is a hate group. Westboro Baptist Church says they hate the Gay-Community. But, they also hate African Americans, Dr. & Mrs. King, Canada, Sweden, the Fire Department of N.Y., victims of 911, other Christian churches, the pope, Judaism, America, our American troops and the list goes on and on.
    This group spreads its hate through picketing in our streets, provoking attacks, with abusive language and flag desecration, attempting to create a confrontation. This is not about protesting, freedom, or God. They are in it for the money and the press; this is a family law firm. They are not a “church.” It is a scam. They go after any thing that can get them in the news.
    The city of Topeka, the state of Kansas and the U.S. at large, its citizens and their churches, schools and events are all held hostage by this “hate group” and always at the tax payer’s expense.

  • Niki

    We should all just ignore these loonies. All they want is attention! Also, Shirley Phelps had two kids out of wedlock. Just putting that out there…

  • holly

    I’m so sorry gay ppl for all the anti-christians out there. Thats what they are. God has no capacity to hate. he loves everyone period. Please keep in mind tho its hard and even hard for me sometimes to remember that there are alot of real christians out there , who may not agree with your decisions but would never keep freedoms from a particular group just cuz we disagree. So I’ll be voting for your marriage rights here in california along with a bunch of my christian friends. Try to forget the assholes they are slowly becoming the minority.

  • holly

    @Paco: oh hell ya! best idea yet

  • xander

    @holly : Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words. The LGBT communities too often hear nothing but the holier-than-thou Christians who wish nothing other than to see us back in our ‘closets,’ imprisioned, or even eradicated from the face of the earth.

  • oldgayvermonter

    And remember all you jesus warriors, always ask “what would jesus do?” Then blow up the government and slaughter a bunch of children! Sad days for my Norwegian relatives and friends.

  • james_from_cambridge

    @CB: Actually, they don’t hate Blacks. Fred Phelps started off as a Democrat and a Liberal, one of the few in Kansas by the way, and he would sue the State of Kansas and even individual businesses on behalf of Blacks who were the victims of racism. He was beloved in the African-American community in the 1970’s as a result. As late as 1988, he endorsed Al Gore in the Democratic primary. And he even sued President Reagan, and you might wanna sit down for this one, because Reagan appointed an ambassador to the Vatican and Fred Phelps thought this violated the separation of Church and State. Obviously, things took a horrific turn at some point after that…

    Quote: “In the 1980s, Phelps received awards from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Blacks in Government and the Bonner Springs branch of the NAACP, for his work on behalf of black clients.[16]”

    Queerty even had a story on this a while back…

    Quote from CNN: “But there is another Phelps that few know. He was a “brilliant” civil rights attorney in the 1960s who would take on racial discrimination cases that no other lawyers would touch, say longtime African-American civic leaders in Topeka.
    He fought for the rights of blacks, they say, with the same passion he now reserves for the condemnation of gays.
    “I don’t know him anymore,” says Joe Douglas Jr., an African-American activist in Topeka who became the city’s first minority fire department chief.”

  • Bunny Snuggles

    JEFFREY JAMES KEYES wrote: “I’ll be the one throwing rice at the protesters.”


    Well, I’ll be the one throwing Fruit Loops at the protesters while my little Corgi, Bobby, will be getting up on a stepladder to fuck Fred Phelps’ sister/daughter/cousin in the ear for calling my dog a fag. Bobby’s been neutered and prefers to be called a companion eunuch, not a fag. Thank you very much!

    By the way, in view of this cretinous cult calling my Lesbian friends “sows”, uh…after looking at some of the Phelps pig-lings at past rallies, especially “the sister/daughter/cousin”…well…I can only quote a famous bard in saying:

    “Me thinks the lady oinketh too much!” ~ Francis “Wilbur” Bacon

  • Bunny Snuggles

    JEFFREY JAMES KEYES wrote: “I’ll be the one throwing rice at the protesters.”


    Well, I’ll be the one throwing Fruit Loops at the protesters while helping my little Corgi, Bobby, to get up a stepladder to screw Fred Phelps’ sister/daughter/cousin in the ear for calling my dog a fag. Bobby’s been neutered and prefers to be called a companion eunuch, not a fag. Thank you very much!

    By the way, in view of this cretinous cult calling my Lesbian friends “sows”, uh…after looking at some of the Phelps pig-lings at past rallies, especially “the sister/daughter/cousin”…well…I can only quote a famous bard in saying:

    “Me thinks the lady oinketh too much!” ~ Francis “Wilbur” Bacon

  • Bunny Snuggles

    Oops! Double post. I was possessed momentarily by the demon spirit of “The United States of Tara”. I retyped the post without the “F” word the second time, so the autofagger (er…I mean, autoflagger) didn’t chew me up and spit me out somewhere into cyber-limbo (the first version disappeared), but the PC powers-that-be went ahead and posted the original and the second version on its own. Oh, well.

    “Forgive me Father for I know not what I do.”

    …Sorry, I borrowed that last line from Fred when I overheard Phelps fighting over an altar boy with a Catholic Priest in a Chucky Cheese restroom.

  • Bird

    Fred Phelps HAS to LOOOOOOOVE cock. There is no other explanation for this obsession.

  • jon

    please just stop giving them any press coverage. any press the media gives them helps them spread their hate message.

  • Christian of Topeka

    I live in Topeka, I support the rights of ALL people to get married, regardless of race creed orientation or sexual preference (hell, marry the cucumber if it satisfies your relationship needs). The WBC is not an actual church. They prance about under 501(c)(3) tax exemption laws even though they are consistently in violation of parts 3&4 of the disqualifiers:

    “no substantial part of its activity may be attempting
    to influence legislation,
    the organization may not intervene in political
    campaigns, and”

    The WBC are a group of lawyers and accountants who have found a money making scheme and have run with it. THey protest and bait individuals, groups, cities and businesses to violate the constitutional or personal rights of the WBC protesters. Once said violation has been made the “church” mobilizes it’s vast array of legal knowledge to sue the violator(s) into oblivion. All moneys received are then funneled directly into the “church” as donations, which are tax exempt for the church, and a tax deduction for the “church” members doing the donating. That money is then used to fund further protests in the hope that more lawsuits can be filed, as well as being given to the “church” membership as charity gifts for those in need. These charity gifts have bought all but one house immediately surrounding the WBC building and that one brave woman who owns it refuses to sell.

    Why has Phelps gone to such an extreme? THe answer lies in the twisted mind and icey hateful heart of one man who has made it his personal mission to make Americans look like asshats. BTW, Phelps, those members of his family that are not astranged and the membership of WBC are banned from entering the UK. Wish we could do that state by state here in the US.

  • null

    haters gone hate

  • Dallas David

    There is a Hell, actually.
    It’s a town in Michigan, and they sell T-shirts and have motorcycle rallys.
    I wish they had an undertaker there, or someone who would receive my ashes, because I really would like to know that I’m going to Hell after cremation.

  • Jeff

    The WB”C” is like that alcoholic cousin who always shows up at family reunions and shouts obscenities at the other family members.

  • Daez

    @zander: Probably the same people that show up to a funeral just to protest. Are you honestly surprised?

  • Ryn

    I believe that what God hates is HATE. AND God loves us all – no matter what! Some animals are also gay – and God loves them too!

  • Daez

    @Ryn: Studies have shown that around 70% of animals demonstrate some sort of homosexual behavior, and our closest living species fucks everything that moves often in groups of three or more.

  • Polly

    We try to forget that Phelps and his idiots are from Kansas. Cheering on the drag queen parade to drown out their stupid, hateful garbage!!! If you are marrying in NY soon because you are only now being allowed to, know that my heart is with you.

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