Westboro Rally Against Maryland Marriage Equality Met With Hundreds Of Counter-Protestors

Screen Shot 2013-01-03 at 1.46.29 AM An anemic gathering of four Westboro Baptist Church members was met by some 250 counter-demonstrators in Annapolis yesterday, as the hate group rallied against Maryland’s new marriage-equality law.

WBC members said they were picketing Maryland because it was the first to vote for marriage equality via public referendum. “Y’know Connecticut has gay marriage,” Shirley Phelps-Roper told reporters outside the Annapolis courthouse. “God sent the shooter into Newtown.”

Organized by St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, the counter-protest included parishioners from more than a half-dozen churches, as well as students from an area high school, according to The Baltimore Sun. “When people came to our city to preach hate, we stood up to them,” Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen said. “It was a beautiful scene.”

Another Phelps gathering in Towson was also met with counter-demonstrators at the Baltimore County Circuit Courthouse, forcing the cult to cut its protest short.

Gay couples in Maryland began marrying after midnight on Tuesday, but sine state offices were closed for New Year’s Day, Wednesday was the first time they could marry inside the courthouse.

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  • Dez

    Oh so now whenever something bad like a school shooting happens, it’s because the state has gay marriage? What about before gay marriage was even a reality? Or a legitimate idea? Bad stuff didn’t happen then? Ridiculous.
    I think it’s high time God sends a shooter to one of the Westboro’s pickets. Just sayin’

  • 2eo

    I don’t see a legal, moral or ethical reason against shooting every single adult member of the WBC, I’d gladly lobby for ANY shooter of them to be granted protection and immunity under UK law.

    I have no doubt I could get a million people in support as well.

  • George M Melby, Pastor

    @2eo: Probably more than a million, lolol. But are any of the Westburro (sic)clan even worth a single bullet? Methinks not. Better to picket them and show the world what they really stand for, and they’ll implode soon enough. These jokers are more sour than 30 day old milk!

  • 2eo

    @George M Melby, Pastor: I’d rather those bullets were used against people who deserve it instead of innocent children that these right wing lunatics have an erection for murdering.

  • Harley

    It astonishes me that they still have religious exemption from paying taxes. How can this be?

  • 2eo

    @Harley: If they were an islamic group or an Atheist group they’d be in Guantanamo by now.

  • CaptainFabulous

    Y’know, Kansas DOESN’T have gay marriage, and God sent them the Phelps.

  • gaym50ish

    WBC isn’t the first to make that outrageous claim about the Connecticut shooting. Who knew that the shooter was doing God’s work? Well, I guess God really DOES “work in mysterious ways”!

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