Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings and Prof Albus Dumbledore of Harry Potter fame, got hitched in a mock wedding to raise funds for homeless LGBT youth – directly across the road from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.
It all started last month when Ireland voted in favour of marriage for same-sex couples, and Harry Potter author JK Rowling proposed a hypothetical wedding for the two iconic literary characters on Twitter.
Westboro responded on Twitter,“So @jk_rowling wants Dumbledore & Gandalf to marry in Ireland; if it happens, WBC will picket!”
Well a group in the Kansas, US, called Planting Peace defended the author and went one step further – they held a wedding for Gandalf and Dumbledore at their headquarters across the street from where Westboro are based.
Both wizards said their vows, with Gandalf declaring, “Wether you are gay, lesbian, transgender, queer or questioning, we say this: You are loved! You are beautiful. You are worthy. You are valued. There’s nothing wrong with you. You are perfect, you are not alone, and you have a community of support — that’s obvious. … Love is love, all love is equal.”
Planting Peace used the wedding to raise money, through crowdfunding tool Crowdrise, to support the message of Planting Peace and counter the anti-gay agenda of the Phelps family of the Westboro Church.
Robert Wolfe, CEO and co-founder of CrowdRise, said in a statement, “Innovative fundraising campaigns like Planting Peace’s Wizard Wedding is entirely reflective of why we built CrowdRise. We wanted to give people everywhere the power to drive real impact and to do so in a way that is fun and notable all in the interest of driving change. We’re super excited to pay a small role in making it all happen.”
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