First, let’s offer our best wishes to the happy couple Katie Short and Kimberly Kidwell, who not only exchanged vows yesterday but made an important statement for equality under the gaze of the one of the most virulently antigay hate-mongering organizations in the U.S. The Little Rock, Arkansas couple chose the front lawn of the colorful “Equality House” in Topeka, Kansas to wed because it’s directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church.
The wedding ceremony went off without a hitch, according to The New Civil Rights Movement, which described both women as “glowing brides, Katie in a traditional white gown, and Kim, in a white silk pant suit. The brides’ fathers gave their daughters away as a harpist provided music. A female minister, wearing a rainbow colored stole officiated.”
Although the marriage won’t be legally recognized in either Kansas or Arkansas, we wish we could have been there. Thankfully, Equality House posted a video of the ceremony on its Facebook page so it’s almost like we were:
Lovely as this was and as happy as we are for the two brides, there’s also joy to be had imagining the Phelps clan in its home peeking from behind their curtains and stewing in their hatred. The haters didn’t try to disrupt the ceremony but they did hang up signs that read “Dyke sin” and “Dykes wed.” Clever! And of course they took to their Twitter account to try to set us all straight.
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSays) June 22, 2013
According to the Topeka-Capital Journal, Aaron Jackson, co-founder of Planting Peace, which owns Equality House, said “the organization had seen an outpouring of support for the wedding.” He added that local companies even donated a wedding cake, catering services and floral arrangements.