Friday, June 21, 2013

Good News Friday II: After Selling Pink Lemonade For Peace, Equality House Hosts A Same-Sex Wedding

Before I get into this post, I wanted to show a picture of the sign that the Westboro Baptist Church put up while Jayden Sink--of that post just below this one--was selling her Pink Lemonade for Peace.

Lovely. But no signs, no obscenities shouted, will stop the Equality House--located in Topeka, just across the road from God Hates Fags Central™, AKA Westboro Baptist Church--from continuing to fight for equality.

See, now the Equality house will be the site of the wedding of Little Rock, Arkansas residents Kimberly Kidwell and Katie Short. Sure, same-sex marriage is illegal in Arkansas, and it’s illegal in Kansas, but it’s a symbolic ceremony and all the more powerful being performed in full view of the WBC.

Aaron Jackson—who runs his nonprofit, Planting Peace—out of the Rainbow Flag colored Equality House, says he hopes publicity surrounding the ceremony will send a signal to the U.S. Supreme Court as it prepares to decide two key cases regarding the constitutionality of gay marriage.
“We would like marriage equality, and we don’t think people should be treated as second-class citizens.”—Aaron Jackson
Planting Peace sent out a message on social media outlets asking if any same-sex couples would like to be married in front of Equality House, and after reviewing the responses, Jackson decided that Kidwell and Short, who have been together five and a half years, would be “a good fit.”

Lizz Phelps, a spokeswoman for God Hates Fags the Westboro Baptist Church says Planting Peace has been doing a “wonderful” job of bringing attention to issues she considers significant, and she hopes that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of Marriage Equality because when that happens Jesus Christ will return.

Phelps said the legalization of same-sex marriages in the days of Noah were soon followed  by the Great Flood, “and it says in the Gospel that as in the days of Noah, so will it be in the time of the return of our savior.”

Bob, however, says the Baby Jeebus--who never said a word about The Gays--will return to Earth because he wants to party with all those same-sex couples who will have the right to marry.

But I digress ….

Kudos to Aaron Jackson and Equality House for their continued support of all things peaceful and equal, and Congratulations to Kimberley and Katie on their wedding.

Good Friday, indeed.


the dogs' mother said...

Don't worry WBC you are going to find out first hand regarding H*ll and lemonade.

Ron said...

Remember when the rainbow strip placed on the bumper of your car was considered a cool way to tell the world that you were gay? Don't see much of those anymore. Probably because it was just too dangerous to ride around identifying oneself as gay. I can just imagine how long this rainbow house will stand, especially in Arkansas. It is a shame but there is still a very strong streak of hate in this country towards anyone who is "different." We've come a long way but have much farther to go. I am looking forward to the day when I go to the VA and they ask me who my "next of kin is" and I nod my head towards Bill and say "my husband." That's my "rainbow" step.

Have a great weekend!