Westboro Baptist Church has announced
that it will protest next month's Chicago Pride Fest.
In response to an On Top Magazine
story announcing the
participation of Jennifer Hudson in the 2-day street festival,
the anti-gay, Topeka, Kansas-based church tweeted, “@LGBTNewsNow
@OnTopMag @WGNNews Westboro Baptist Church to picket @PrideFestChi!
#SoExcited,” along with an infographic which read “Fag Marriage
Dooms Nations” and a link to a Vine video.
second video strings together footage of gay pride events and gay
milestone moments set to the single No
Matter Where You Are by UsTheDuo. In the video's final
frame, a female Westboro member holding a baby and a colorful “Sin
And Shame Not Pride” sign lip-syncs to the track's chorus: “No
matter where you are, I'll be there.”
With an Illinois law allowing gay
couples to marry taking effect on June 1 – though a handful of
counties, including Cook County, started issuing licenses to same-sex
couples weeks ago – this year's Gay Pride celebration is expected
to attract additional media attention.
activist Fred Phelps dead at 84.)