Same-Sex Wedding Held Across Street From Westboro Clan HQ
The neighborhood that is home to Westboro's Topeka hate headquarters is becoming a gay wedding destination thanks to the Equality House, which sprang up across the street from America's most infamous anti-gay hate group earlier this year.
On Saturday night, Kimberly Kidwell, a 31-year-old EMT, married Katie Short in a wedding ceremony on the front lawn of the Equality House in Topeka, Kan. -- directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church.
Members of the church, who have travelled across the U.S. to promote their anti-gay message, didn't even need to leave their headquarters to protest, putting up some signs in their front yard and a banner over the wooden fence outside their property.
The brides hardly noticed. "I guess I was almost numb after seeing them for a minute. I knew the signs would be there, and I wasn't even angry about it. We were just so ecstatic to be getting married," said Kidwell, who wore a white pantsuit for the occasion.