Engaged couple Kimberly Kidwell and Katie Short from Little Rock, Arkansas plan to wed on June 22—directly across the street from the infamously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.
The couple has decided to marry at the Equality House in Topeka, Kansas. This will mark the house’s first wedding.
A statement was released from the owners of the Equality House property, Planting Peace; they believe this marriage is a great occasion for the house and equality.
“Several organizations and businesses in the greater Topeka area have rallied around this event, generously donating time, money, and resources in order to make this ceremony possible. We at the Equality House believe our fight to end discrimination and injustice means emphasizing the love and happiness of people like Kimberly and Katie.”
At the moment, Westboro has no known plans to picket the wedding—nor have they even mentioned the celebration on their website. But considering the wedding is across the street from their church, they will have something to say about it sooner or later.
The non-profit Equality House was created for a symbol for equality, and deliberately set up across from the Westboro church because of their targeting of the LGBT community with hateful and discriminatory actions.
On their website, they say, “Located directly across from the Westboro Baptist Church, the House is a symbol of equality, peace, and positive change. The house, which is painted the colors of the Pride flag, will serve as the resource center for all Planting Peace equality and anti-bullying initiatives and will stand as a visual reminder of our commitment, as global citizens, to equality for all.”
Those who want to donate towards the Equality House can do so here.