Photo via Facebook/J.K. Rowling
As to be expected, the Westboro Baptist Church was not too happy at Ireland's historic vote for marriage equality last week.
While their initial attempt to ridicule Ireland backfired (they printed the Irish flag backwards), members then turned against J.K. Rowling. Accusing the Harry Potter author of wanting her character Dumbledore to marry Gandalf of Lord of the Rings in the emerald isle, the hate group announced their readiness to picket the hypothetical ceremony. Rowling, however, was having none of it:
Later, she again took to Twitter to explain why she felt it was so important to publicly challenge such vitriol:
Since her brilliant response to questions of LGBT students at Hogwarts late last year, Rowling has continued to take articulate stands for the LGBT community, as well as other minority groups.
After the votes were in from Ireland, she sent this simple message out to her followers.