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US: Pastors down the road from Westboro Baptist Church are ready to marry gay couples

Nick Duffy November 14, 2014

Several church pastors in Topeka are preparing to marry same-sex couples, just five minutes away from the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.

Same-sex marriages have commenced in some parts of Kansas, after a judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court refused to halt the ruling.

With marriages expected to begin across Shawnee County, where the homophobic hate group are based, a number of Topeka pastors have offered their services.

Reverend Joshua Longbottom of Central Congregational United Church of Christ –  1.8 miles from the ‘God Hates Fags’ church – has expressed his intention to marry gay couples from Monday, telling CJ Online: “I would be very happy to officiate same-sex marriages.

“It’s been so long for people who have been marginalized. It’s a new day for equality.”

Meanwhile, also just down the road is Reverend Tobias Schlingensiepen of the First Congregational United Church of Christ – who is prepared to marry gay couples just 1.4 miles from the anti-gay group.

He said he was following the example of Jesus by being accepting, adding: “God’s love is for all people.”

Of course, if couples find that the first two churches are too busy, The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka – 2 miles from the WBC – is also available to wed same-sex couples.

For members of the Westboro Baptist Church who wish to marry their same-sex partners, we enclose the following walking directions to Central Congregational United Church of Christ:

* Head north on Churchill Rd
* Turn right on to 12th Street, walk 1.5 miles.
* Turn right. You have reached your destination.

More: Anti-gay, God Hates Fags, homophobic, Kansas, US, wbc, westboro baptist church

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