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Lesbian Couple Married Across the Street from Westboro Baptist Church: VIDEO

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As Julian reported on Thursday, Kimberly Kidwell, a 31-year-old EMT, married Katie Short on Saturday at Equality House, across the street from Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church.

The HuffPost reports:

Members of the church, who have travelled across the U.S. to promote their anti-gay message, didn't even need to leave their headquarters to protest, putting up some signs in their front yard and a banner over the wooden fence outside their property.

The brides hardly noticed. "I guess I was almost numb after seeing them for a minute. I knew the signs would be there, and I wasn't even angry about it. We were just so ecstatic to be getting married," said Kidwell, who wore a white pantsuit for the occasion.

The proximity to the WBC was no coincidence. Kidwell and Short were hitched in the front yard of the rainbow-painted residence owned by Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of the charity Planting Peace, whose intention is to confront Westboro and its history of anti-gay activism.

Watch a stunning video Equality House made of the wedding, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. YES! And all the best for the couple!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 23, 2013 3:21:38 PM


  2. Why cheapen your ceremony only to give this cult the media attention they so desperately crave? This entire rainbow house is a terrible idea, it only gives these lunatics exactly what they want.

    Posted by: JMC | Jun 23, 2013 3:58:00 PM


  3. Congrats ladies best to you

    Posted by: bructer | Jun 23, 2013 4:07:38 PM


  4. That was gorgeous.

    Posted by: Mikah | Jun 23, 2013 4:35:10 PM


  5. @JMC - The WBC wants to be confronted with the thing they hate and fear most, every time they look out their window? To see children raising money to further human rights? To watch as loving couples commit to one another in the light of WBC's hate and not care because they have eyes only for the beauty of their ceremony?

    That house -- and everything that has gone on there and everything that will continue to go on there -- is the best possible way to fight the hate. It is an excellent example of the principles of non-violent confrontation, and if it provokes one of the hate mongers to cross the line and do something illegal, some people who desperately deserve to be in jail will finally get put away.

    Posted by: Seattle Gregg | Jun 23, 2013 4:51:53 PM


  6. Congratulations and much happiness. They both looked very pretty.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 23, 2013 4:52:10 PM


  7. They were not legally married, since Kansas does not recognize same-sex relationships in any way.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 23, 2013 5:21:27 PM


  8. @Tom, exactly. While I appreciate and support the symbology (I know not a word) of this event, it unfortunately leads to more misinformation about the rights of LGBT people by both gay and straight people alike. Make no mistake, this couple has NO LEGAL RELATIONSHIP RIGHTS in Kansas.

    Posted by: karen in kalifornia | Jun 23, 2013 8:24:52 PM


  9. There love is true, it doesn't need law to be acknowledged spiritually. Mankind will realize this & love will be 'legal' worldwide.

    Posted by: Anāgāmi | Jun 24, 2013 11:38:58 AM


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