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"You Irish people are in for a whooping": The Westboro Baptist Church on the same-sex marriage referendum

Steve Drain, a representative for the church had some strong words for Anton Savage today.

Drain in 2010
Drain in 2010
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THE WESTBORO BAPTIST Church has given its opinion on the passing of the marriage referendum, and it is fair to say that it is not exactly positive.

Speaking on Today FM’s The Anton Savage Show, Steve Drain, a representative from the church defended its practices and explained their reaction to the recent passing of the same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland.

The interview started with host Savage asking Drain why there had not been a protest at a recent ‘show’ marriage that took place across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church at their headquarters in Topeka, Kansas.

He responded to this by saying that it was not “a real marriage” and that, “if you are not supposed to lie with a man how in the hell are you going to marry one?”

The church most recently made headlines in the United States by picketing the funeral of Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, after he passed away from brain cancer at the age of 46.

In response to this, the Westboro Baptist Church member, said, “We are trying to connect the dots for you. Joe Biden was among the first to try and ram the State. He was among the first to try and ram same-sex marriage down the throat of this nation.”

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Speaking about the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland, Drain went on to say, “You Irish people are in for a whopping, an ass whooping of monumental proportions. Think about what you just did.”

By a popular vote you are asking for a constitutional amendment ratifying same-sex marriage, the kind of sin that God almighty pronounces as an abomination and you guys are going to promote to respectability and acceptability.

On being asked why the group did not support the idea of forgiveness more, Drain said, “The forgiveness of God, the love and the mercy of God is reserved for the penitent, and to be penitent you have to be ashamed of your sin and you have to recognise the sins that you involve yourself in.”

Drain famously appeared in the 2007 Louis Theroux BBC documentary ‘The Most Hated Family in America’ and its 2011 follow-up ‘America’s Most Hated Family in Crisis’.

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