Police To File Charges Against Satanists Who Performed Same-Sex Wedding At Phelps Gravesite
The group of self-proclaimed Satanists who performed a "pink wedding" ceremony on top of the grave site of the mother of Westboro founder Fred Phelps might soon face the Meridian, Mississippi police.
"Meridian Police have reached out and spoken to Mr. Arlinghaus of Magnolia Cemetery," says Captain Dean Harper of the Meridian Police Department. "We are in the process now of constructing affidavits and warrants against these individuals, and we will have them arrested as soon as we can."
A group from New York's Satanic Temple made the trip to Meridian to protest the Westboro Baptist Church. There, they performed a ritual they call Pink Mass on the grave of Catherine Johnston, the mother of Westboro founder Fred Phelps, Jr. The ceremony involved two same-sex couples kissing over her grave. They then declared Catherine Johnston a lesbian in the afterlife.
"It is an unusual crime that we haven't come across to my knowledge in awhile," says Harper. "Not only does it violate a state and city ordinance, but it also violates the moral decency of a human being."
"They are not welcome to perform disrespectful ceremonies," says Bill Arlinghaus, owner of Magnolia Cemetery. "This is the actions of a few, and I don't want to give them overly too much attention because that's really what they're trying to seek."
The activists will face charges of trespassing, malicious mischief and indecent exposure, of which police say they have enough evidence to warrant arrests.