The wizards Albus Dumbledore and Gandalf the White are soon to be wed at the Equality House, the rainbow-colored building just across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church.
The idea was sparked by J.K. Rowling herself, who posted a meme on Twitter that read, “What if Dumbledore and Gandalf were gay together[?]” with the reply, “Then they could get married IN IRELAND!”
Topeka, Kansas is a long way away from the Emerald Isles, but when Westboro Baptist saw the tweet, they threatened to picket that ceremony, too, should it happen in Ireland.
Rowling, of course, had an awesome response:
The exchange ended up inspiring the founder of Planting Peace, Aaron Jackson, to host that same union virtually in the WBC’s front yard. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 7 (although many sources seem to have attended via time machine). The couple will be represented by local actors.
According to BuzzFeed, Jackson said that the ceremony’s atmosphere was full of “excitement and anticipation,” with over two hundred and fifty wedding guests. The ring bearer was, of course, none other than Frodo Baggins.
Jackson added, “There were people of all ages from all over the world. The crowd was asked at one point in the ceremony to stand and say ‘I will’ to show a community of support. While the overall tone was joy and fun, everyone seemed to really support the underlying message about standing up to hate and bigotry with love and compassion.”
In lieu of wedding gifts, the happy couple asks that well-wishers celebrate their love by donating to help counter the harmful messages of anti-LGBT groups.
Jackson told the Huffington Post, “When we read the battle between J.K. Rowling and the Westboro Baptist Church, we instantly connected with Ms. Rowling’s message on many levels.
“The Equality House was founded to take a stand against the hurtful words and actions of hate groups like the WBC. People often question why we even mention them, and Ms. Rowling’s words were spot on. We must actively stand up to hate and ensure that LGBTQ youth understand that they have a broad platform of love and support in this world. That is a core part of what we do at Planting Peace.
“We are delighted to be hosting the Dumbledore and Gandalf wedding and stand with them in the face of bigotry and celebrate equality for all. The WBC won’t have to go too far to picket this union. They can look out their front window.”