A Wedding Worth Celebrating, Even Though Her Former Church Members Didn’t Show Up

It’s good to be back :)

Huge thanks to Paul Fidalgo for taking care of this site so I could go off the grid for a few days.

Turns out there was news of a big wedding while I was away: Lauren Drain, a former member of Westboro Baptist Church, was married early last month, something we found out about after she posted pictures of the ceremony on Reddit.

While her “God Hates Fags” church members weren’t there to support her (or, thankfully, protest), two of her “church sisters” who also escaped the cult were.

Check out this picture and try not to smile:

Lauren Drain walks down the aisle, flanked by her ‘church sisters’ Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper (Annandale Photography)

‘It was amazing having them by my side. Just a year ago I never thought i would see them again and here they were, during one of the most impotent days of my life,’ she told Mail Online.

‘They stepped in to make it even more special for me. We are extremely close now, and see each other as often as we can.’

While Drain is still a Christian, her husband “is not religious.” They say there’s mutual respect there, though, so hopefully it’s not problematic.

You can check out highlights from the wedding below and read my interview with Drain here:



About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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