So this is pretty cool … Kimberly Kidwell and Katie Short got married on the front lawn of the Equality House on Saturday, about 50 feet from the grounds of the ever popular Westboro Baptist Church, home of the largest selection of closeted and self-loathing homosexuals this side of the Mississippi.
Or the most brilliant gang of Poes to have ever lived. History will decide.
The Westboro members, who are infamous for staging anti-Gay protests at the funerals of fallen soldiers, were forced to watch as Kimberly Kidwell and Katie Short said “I do” just 50 feet from their front doors in Topeka, Kan.
Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of the Equality House’s Planting Peace charity, described the entire event as “absolutely perfect” thanks entirely through the community’s generous donations.
As for the WBC members, the often obscenely vocal arch nemeses of all things homosexual, they made their presence known with signs bearing vile messages and upside-down American flags, Jackson said. But otherwise they kept their distance and didn’t get involved.
They did hop onto Twitter and gave their usual spiel of “mluh mluh, fag gay homo, et cetera, preachable moments, mluh mluh …” but people weren’t really listening. Complicating things somewhat is the fact that same sex marriage isn’t legal in Kansas … as you might have already guessed with it being Kansas and all. So, while the ceremony was a beautiful expression of love between two people who want to spend the rest of their lives with each other, it does absolutely nothing in the eyes of the state. Even so, they did it in order to bring attention to the fight for marriage equality and the upcoming decision by the Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act.
“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 of the Equality House’s decision to host the wedding and get involved in the marriage equality fight.
As he explained, they give “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.”
The Supreme Court’s decision is due in the next week or so. If DOMA is ruled unconstitutional, then it will eliminate the restriction on federal marriage benefits, and force states to recognize same sex marriage performed in other states [EDIT: … only when there’s a court case involved, it seems. Still, I guess it’s something?]. Living in the Pacific time zone, I’ll be the last of just about everyone to hear about it, and take even longer to write something in response to it. That’s okay … it’ll be worth it. In the meantime, congratulations to Kim and Katie. I hope you can do it for real sometime soon.