- The Washington Times - Monday, June 24, 2013

Members of the notorious, gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church were forced to stand by as two lesbians said, “I do,” just 50 feet from their front doors in Topeka, Kan., on Saturday.

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Kansas, but Kimberly Kidwell and Katie Short proceeded with the ceremony with the help of an ordained Baptist minister, who also happens to be a lesbian, to help raise awareness on the issue, the New York Daily News reported.

About 100 guests attended the ceremony at the rainbow-painted Equality House.

“The community came out in droves and just showed their support, holding up signs expressing their support for the event. It was a really incredible thing to see,” Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of the Equality House’s Planting Peace charity, told the Daily News.

Westboro members put up signs in counterprotest but steered clear of the wedding.

“No one came out of their compound,” the Rev. Robin Lunn, the executive director of the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists, who performed Saturday’s ceremony, told the Daily News. “They just put up their ugly signs, and that was the extent of it.”

Ms. Lunn and her association of churches will be collecting prayers for the Westboro church during the next 30 days that they later will mail to the church in a packet, the Daily News said.

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