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UPDATE: Meet Katie and Kim, The Couple Marrying Tomorrow At Equality House, In Full View Of The Westboro Baptist Church

by Jean Ann Esselink on June 21, 2013

in Discrimination,Jean Ann Esselink,Marriage,News

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Yesterday, we brought you the story of Equality House in Topeka, Kansas, seeking out same-sex couples who would consider holding their wedding at the rainbow-painted LGBT Center. Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of Planting Peace, the charitable organization headquartered at Equality House, said they received five serious replies. Katie Short and Kimberly Kidwell, from Little Rock, Arkansas, were chosen to be the first couple to marry on the front lawn, in full view of the gay-hating denizens of the Westboro Baptist Church, conveniently located directly across the street.

Kimberly and Katie have been together five years, but they appear to have made the spontaneous decision to marry at Equality House after learning about the search for same-sex couples. Kimberly, who is a paramedic, no doubt used to working under pressure, announced their engagement on Facebook just six short days ago. Since then preparations have been fast and furious. Fortunately, reports are that many local businesses have donated goods and services for the happy event.

From Yesterday:

1002740_461188053971234_264719932_nEquality House had been looking for same-sex, marriage-minded couples since the beginning of the month, posting this notice with the accompanying photo on their Facebook page June 9:

“Are you a precious, committed, in love LGBTQ couple who would be interested in having your presently “illegal” marriage in our front yard this summer? If you or someone you know is interested in making a landmark statement in the fight for marriage equality please contact us at”


I7867_463461053743934_1515168375_nt appears Equality House may have found an interested couple very quickly, since 4 days later they were looking for a wedding planner, posting this notice along with this photo:

“Is anyone in the Topeka area a wedding/event planner or have relevant experience in doing so and can donate their time and gifts?!? Please contact us as soon as possible at”


Equality House has also been busy sprucing up their rainbow digs, replacing what they called “sunken-in garage sale couches” with a more upscale decor, courtesy of Twigs Interiors. Judging by the photos, the place is now fit for a wedding.

equality house




252318_454522354637804_692835503_nThere is no word yet whether Westboro Baptist Church will be updating their protest signs for the wedding day, or if they will stick with their tried and true “God Hates Fags” message. I’d suggest something in ivory with a lace border, and maybe two interlocking blue garters representing the bride’s wedding rings. But perhaps the wedding coordinator could better consult with the Church on the protest motif and color coordination.

Attempts to telepathically contact Westboro’s head pastor Fred Phelps to ask if his family would be sending the brides a congratulatory wedding gift were not immediately successful. (But I think we all know the answer.)


Photos are from Equality House Facebook Page.

Portrait of Kimberly and Katie is from Kimberly Kidwell’s Facebook page.



tncrmJean Ann Esselink is a straight friend to the gay community. Proud and loud Liberal. Closet writer of political fiction. Black sheep agnostic Democrat from a conservative Catholic family. Living in Northern Oakland County Michigan with Puck the Wonder Beagle.

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kathymisskathy June 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I am so proud of Katie and Kim…I am a Christian who is ashamed of the actions of Westboro Christian Church…God is about Love! May your day be filled with lots of blessings and may you feel as beautiful and special as you are…Please know that not all followers of Jesus Christ and His teachings are closed minded bigots…

tonykeywest June 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm

God is HOLY and his love is reserved for the penitent- not proud perverts who think shoving their filth in everyones face changes anything. God will not bless this abomination EVER.

tonykeywest June 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm

<div class="idc-message" id="idc-comment-msg-div-665784752"><a title="Click to Close Message" class="idc-close" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(665784752)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" style="text-decoration: none;" href="; target="_new"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(665784752)">Close MessageThey can marry across the street, in the street or on top of the house, , but they will never be welcome or accepted into the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.- and that just burns their ass.

uncucumbered June 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Author's note: I have not been able to find any god claiming TonyKeyWest has been authorized to speak for him. I have been able to authenticate the words Jesus, who spoke for himself. On the subject of homosexuality, Jesus said "……….." (nothing.)

jtslexky June 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

There are actually many references to homosexuality being a sin in the New Testament. Some are: Rom 1:26-28, 1 Cor 6:9-10 and 1 Tim 1:9-10. Also, there's a little about this by Jesus in Matthew 19 where He says "A man shall leave his mother and father and cleave unto his wife." Now, before you dismiss my remarks, I believe that as long as one is not a practicing homosexual, there is no condemnation. I used to like to drink and was a "drunkard" according to the bible with all the condemnation that goes along with it and I still would like to drink sometimes, but I don't do it. I have the tendency to do it but I don't practice it.

tonykeywest June 22, 2013 at 12:28 am

Jesus Christ rained down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gommorah and burned the inhabitants alive and sent them to hell. (Genesis 19.) And Christ made reference to it when he walked the earth. Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.Luk 10:12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city etc.

Kris5683 June 21, 2013 at 11:18 pm

TonyKeyWest…You spend more time of blogs regarding same sex marriage than most LGBT people I know…hiding something!?!? Seriously…something's a little fishy (likely it's not your foul mouth)

Microcosm81 June 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm


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