Thursday, July 21, 2011
Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Picket NY Gay Wedding this Weekend
I learned today that the folks at Westboro Baptist Church (AKA Fred Phelps, Shirley Phelps-Roper and their clan) are planning a protest of the John Feinblatt and Jonathan Mintz wedding this Sunday. The National Organization for Marriage is also planning several gay wedding protests this weekend, but (at least as far as I can tell) they aren't actually holding protests at any wedding sites, unlike the WBC.
Westboro Baptist Church has been protesting the funerals of gay men since 1991. Unfortunately, the general public tended to turn a collective blind eye towards the Phelps' distasteful shenanigans. It really wasn't until 2005 when they began protesting the funerals of military combat heroes that people began speaking out seriously against Phelps and his clan. Now that Westboro Baptist Church has planned what I believe is their first gay wedding protest, I'm curious how long it will be before they began showing up at the private weddings of heterosexual people?