Lesbian couple wed at Equality House

Kimberly, left, and Katie are all smiles despite the sentiments of the Westboro Baptist Church across the street. (Photo: Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

Kimberly, left, and Katie are all smiles despite the sentiments of the Westboro Baptist Church across the street. (Photo: Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

BY LILA SHAPIRO
Huffington Post Gay Voices

On Saturday night, Kimberly Kidwell, a 31-year-old EMT, married Katie Short in a queer wedding ceremony on the front lawn of the Equality House in Topeka, Kan. — directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church. Same-sex marriage is banned in Kansas by constitutional amendment. But with the Supreme Court expected to rule on two landmark same-sex marriage cases next week, Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of the charity Planting Peace, whose intention is to confront Westboro and its history of anti-gay activism, decided a wedding would be the perfect way to mark the historic moment.

On Saturday night, Kidwell and Short were wed by a lesbian minister in front of around 100 family members, friends and well-wishers from the community. Nearly everything, from the flowers and wedding cake to the harp music, was donated by local businesses and supportive community members.

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