Hate group Westboro Baptist Church to picket Constance McMillen’s graduation
FULTON, Miss. – The Kansas hate group Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) says its minions will be picketing at the May 22 commencement at Itawamba Agricultural High School, when lesbian senior Constance McMillen is scheduled to graduate.
WBC is notorious for thrusting itself into the public spotlight at inappropriate moments, such as funerals for servicemembers and gays, because its members believe that the deaths are God’s revenge against America for tolerating homosexuals.
Constance has become a national icon representing the rights of LGBT students. She asked to bring her girlfriend to the prom and to wear a tuxedo instead of a gown, but was denied. That set off a legal drama that remains unresolved.
In a press release, WBC said it “will picket the graduation of Itawamba Agricultural High School to remind the parents, teachers and students of this nation that God said ‘Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind, it is abomination.’
“This generation has been raised to believe that they can live for the devil and still go to heaven, that God has no standards and the biggest lie of all – that God loves everyone.”
The biblical quote from Leviticus 18:22 is frequently used by anti-gay groups to justify their homophobia.