Westboro Baptist Church Fails at Protesting Ireland Gay Marriage Vote

by Jason St. Amand

National News Editor

Wednesday May 27, 2015

It's not shocking the Westboro Baptist Church isn't happy that the voters of Ireland legalized gay marriage last weekend. It's also not surprising that the "God Hates Fags" church suffered a major fail when protesting the result: the members of the anti-gay church inadvertently painted their hateful signs with the colors of the Irish flag backwards, which is the colors of the Ivory Coast.

The International Business Times points out the WBC released a video that shows its members trying to do an Irish jig on the country's flag and singing a song about Ireland's citizens going to hell. The clip was posted online after Ireland made history after voting yes in the Irish gay marriage referendum, making it the first time in the world a country legalized same-sex marriage by a popular vote.

Members of the WBC took photos of their signs that said "God Hates Ireland" superimposed on a flag. Though the WBC assumed it was the Irish flag, they had the colors in reverse order, orange, white and green, which is the Ivory Coast's flag.

The Irish media's reaction poked fun at the WBC, the International Business Times points out. The Irish Examiner wrote, "we should really take it as a compliment."

Social media users also lashed out against the Topeka, Kansas-based group.

In other WBC news, Gay Star News reports that "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling shut down the anti-gay church via Twitter, after the church said it would boycott the fictional wedding of Dumbledore and the "Lord of the Rings" character Gandalf.

"@jk_rowling wants Dumbledore & Gandalf to marry in Ireland; if it happens WBC will picket! #NotBanned," the WBC church tweeted, including images of both characters, as well as a picture of a child holding a "God H8s Fag Marriage" sign and references a Leviticus quote.