Wizards to wed opposite Gay-hating church

Message from Dumbledore:“It’s official! Gandalf and I are getting married! Recently, the Westboro Baptist Church told our dear friend J.K. Rowling they would picket our wedding if it were ever to come to be, so we decided to bring the wedding to them, the real-life Mordor.

This Sunday, June 7, at 2 p.m., we are going to celebrate our love at the Equality House, directly in front of the WBC. Our greatest hope is that our wedding will inspire others to stand against hate, even in the shadow of bigotry, and send a message to let all LGBTQ kids know they are loved and valued.

There are too many groups like the Westboro Baptist Church that spread hate to our LGBTQ youth, making them feel less than. So in lieu of wedding gifts, we invite you to celebrate our love by making a donation to help counter the harmful messages of anti-LGBTQ groups.”

‘Harry Potter’ writer JK Rowling’s dream of a marriage between wizards Dumbledore [of Harry Potter books] and Gandalf [from the Lord of the Rings books] , mentioned by her on social media following Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum, will become a reality next Sunday.

US equality group Planting Peace plans to hold a wedding between the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings characters in front of the anti-gay hate group, the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), in Kansas this weekend.

Ms Rowling, known for standing up to online trolls, and the WBC, engaged in a war of words on social media after she applauded the Irish people for passing same-sex marriage.

Responding to a meme posted on Twitter, Ms Rowling suggested that if Dumbledore, the headmaster of Harry Potter’s wizarding school Hogwarts, and Lord of the Rings wizard Gandalf, were to wed, they could marry in Ireland following the referendum.

The Westboro Baptist Church tweeted last month that if the two fictional characters were in fact, to ‘marry’ in Ireland, they would picket the ceremony.

“Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls,” the Harry Potter author tweeted in response to the Kansas-based group.

Ms Rowling replied to online criticism for drawing attention to the hate group by engaging with them publicly, saying: “It’s important that scared gay kids who aren’t out yet see hate speech challenged.”

“We must actively stand up to hate and ensure that LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer] youth understand that they have a broad platform of love and support in this world,” he said.

“We are delighted to be hosting the Dumbledore and Gandalf wedding and stand with them in the face of bigotry and celebrate equality for all.”

The church may have its opportunity to protest right on its own front lawn.

Aaron Jackson, founder of Planting Peace, who bought and established “Equality House” opposite the Westboro Baptist Church to counter its anti-gay campaigning, said that the group would host the marriage of Gandalf the White and Professor Albus Dumbledore at the house on Sunday afternoon.

The marriage of the characters (played by volunteer actors) will take place right across from the WBC’s front lawn.

“When we read the battle between JK Rowling and the Westboro Baptist Church, we instantly connected with Ms Rowling’s message on many levels,” said Mr Jackson.

“The Equality House was founded to take a stand against the hurtful words and actions of hate groups like the WBC.”

Instead of wedding gifts for Gandalf and Dumbledore, Planting Peace hopes to raise funds to “challenge the hateful message of the WBC” through a crowd fundraising website.

“The WBC won’t have to go too far to picket his union,” said Mr Jackson. “They can look out their front window.”

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