The anonymous letter was typed and unsigned.
The letter read:
Hello Keith Alan and Chad Michael–
Just wanted to let you both know, you have sent an invitation to the wrong people.
You thought we supported you as a couple, well boys you were so wrong!
Your invitations were forwarded to an anti gay group in Canton Akron area, they will be attending your wedding. Protesters will be there.
It’s not normal for 2 men to marry.
What is wrong with you?
It’s a sin!!!!
Some of your friends are only coming to your so called wedding to help in the protest.
Like it or not, this is going to happen. This day is going to be ruined for you.
This is going to be a fun show to watch. You both are going to get what you deserve.
SEE YOU AT THE ANTI-GAY SHOW!!
However, the response they got after the letter made them determined to stick with their wedding plans…
Support has flooded in from other guests and strangers.
After the couple shared the letter online and their story got picked up by the news, friends, family, and even strangers soon overwhelmed them with support. The New Vision United Church of Christ in Canton is even hosting a card shower for the two men. Most people are appalled by the homophobia and triviality of those who are threatening to boycott and protest the wedding, which is still scheduled for May 2016.
“Other than our initial shock of the letter, this made us both want to do it more.”
It’s so sad to see that even after gay marriage was legalized across the country, people still feel the need to so vehemently protest what’s sure to be the most special day of this couple’s lives. What’s worse, they don’t know if they sent the invitation to the wrong person or if someone they considered their friend is so hateful as to go to the lengths of organizing the protest.
Regardless, Keith and Chad aren’t worried. They say they’re more excited than ever to get married, even in the face of adversity, and that their wedding is taking place on private property, so they’re not concerned about protesters getting in.
SHARE this story to show your support! You can even mail them well wishes at:
New Vision United Church of Christ
3129 Market Ave North
Canton, Ohio 44714
Attn: Chad and Keith