- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player’s trans flag removed for being ‘political’ Monday 7:37 PM
- Does Donald Trump Jr. know what American soldiers do? Monday 7:17 PM
- Sophie Turner has a hot take on Arya’s ‘Game of Thrones’ sex scene Monday 6:50 PM
- Parked Tesla Model S bursts into flames in shocking video Monday 3:12 PM
- Fortnite is getting an Avengers Endgame event Monday 2:44 PM
- The living are facing the end of the world in the latest ‘Game of Thrones’ Monday 2:37 PM
- The best Korean beauty toners for your skincare routine Monday 2:33 PM
- Warren’s plan to cancel student debt stimulates the bad-take economy Monday 2:27 PM
- Video shows Easter Bunny punching man on sidewalk Monday 2:09 PM
- The 7 best lubes for when you wanna do butt stuff Monday 2:00 PM
- 11 best sex toys under $35 to blow your mind Monday 1:30 PM
- Twitch streamer inadvertently documents all the times she was sexually, verbally harassed on vacation Monday 1:12 PM
- Raptors coach Nick Nurse becomes a relatable meme Monday 1:12 PM
- Man wears bandage that blends in with his skin tone, and Twitter has all the feelings Monday 12:55 PM
- The 8 best Korean sunscreens to add to your bag Monday 12:15 PM
Check out these photos of Dumbledore and Gandalf getting gay-married at Westboro Baptist Church
The wizards got married in a lovely ceremony across the street from the worst homophobes in America.
The idea for the wedding came from a Twitter spat between Harry Potter author JK Rowling and the gay-haters at Fred Phelps’s Westboro Baptist Church in late May. The tweets centered around Ireland making same-sex marriage legal, as well as a popular meme that suggested the wizards marry on the green isle.
When the Westboro Baptist Church promised to picket a potential wizard wedding, the Kansas nonprofit Planting Peace, which owns the house directly across the street from church headquarters in Topeka, sprung into action. The group’s rainbow-painted Equality House was the perfect locale for a magical gay union.
The ceremony took place on Sunday afternoon, with notably few protestors. It started off with a little harp music to set the tone.
The wizards were united by Davis Hammett, Planting Peace’s director of operations.
There were so many spectators in attendance, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal, that volunteers had to stand on the street and direct traffic. Seats were set up for about 50 people, but more than 240 showed up. As the same-sex senior couple locked lips, one woman let out an Amazonian warrior holler.
Although the Westboro Baptist Church headquarters were just a few feet away from the ceremony, church members were suspiciously absent from the ceremony, despite the threats of protest that prompted the wedding itself. Later, a WBC member responded by tweeting a kind of sad picture of a lone picket sign, propped up against what looks like the church’s porch.
This time, it seems, wizardly love won over hate. Or maybe it was the sheer force of fandom that saved the day. Either way: awwww.
Photo via Digibard/FLICKR (CC BY 2.0)
Mary Emily O'Hara is an LGBTQ reporter. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, NBC Out, Daily Dot, Broadly, Vice, the Daily Beast, the Advocate, Huffington Post, DNAinfo, Al Jazeera, and Portland's Pulitzer Prize-winning newsweekly Willamette Week, among other outlets.