One courageous same-sex couple decided to tie the knot just outside the headquarters of the gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church.
Standing about 50 feet away from the fence of the Westboro Baptist Church, Kimberly Kidwell and Katie Short held got married on the lawn of the Equality House in Topeka, Kan., to raise awareness. The Equality House is home to the Planting Peace charity, which advocates for the legalization of same-sex marriage.
The couple traveled down from Little Rock, Ark., to have the ceremony. Though gay marriage is not legal in either state, Kidwell and Short believed the symbolism of standing between a vibrantly painted rainbow-colored house and the WBC’s posters spouting hate speech against gays provided a strong message to the American public.
The usual headline-grabbing WBC protestors were not present for the event because they cannot protest on a private residence, but they did make sure to post gay-hating signs and upside-down American flags along the wall across the street from the Equality House.
About 100 guests showed up to the ceremony including many members of the community who came to show their support for the couple.
"The community came out in droves and just showed their support, holding up signs expressing their support for the event," said Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of Planting Peace. "It was a really incredible thing to see." The WBC did take to Twitter to protest the event.
According to Jackson, the gay community does not pay much attention to the ultra-conservative group and is much more focused on getting gay marriage legalized through the Supreme Court.
"We wanted to play a part in bringing two people together that are very much in love, and it's an unfortunate fact that the government treats them as second-class citizens," Jackson said about his charity’s decision to host the wedding.
Planting Peace posted on their Facebook page that they wanted to host a same-sex marriage and felt that Kidwell and Short are “a good reputation of the gay community, they've been together for five and a half years, and they've been waiting for their state or the higher courts to vote to overturn the anti-gay discrimination law."
"They seemed like a perfect fit and they were a perfect fit," he said.
Watch Planting Peace’s video of the event below: