The anti-LGBT Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) filed a 22-page legal brief on Sunday demanding Kansas allow it to legally challenge same-sex marriage in order to protect the state from God’s wrath, the Washington Blade reports.
“If this Court requires Kansas officials to treat what God has called abominable as something to be respected, revered, and blessed with the seal-of-approval of the government, that will cross a final line with God, the brief stated. “The harm that will befall this state, when the condign destructive wrath of God pours out on Kansans is the ultimate harm to the health, welfare and safety of the people.”
The group claimed that the Kansas Attorney General cannot intervene on the state’s behalf “because of the political pressure that flows from widespread disagreement with WBC and her ministry and religious message,” as well as the fact that intervention would “cause the Attorney General to assert religious viewpoints and constitutionally protected religious rights, which is arguably contrary to the duty of the government to remain neutral on matters of religion.”
Moreover, “the Kansas Attorney General has not, and likely will not assert that the government has a compelling interest in protecting the people from the destructive effects of same sex marriage.”
According to WBC, once a state accepts “the sin of sodomy, and the lifestyle or agenda that it entails,” it opens itself up to the fate of the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. “The description of the utter annihilation of [those cities] and three nearby cities is stark, and directly tied to homosexuality,” the brief claimed. “This historical event…must be considered at this hour, in all its graphic glory.”
“The harm that will befall this state, when the condign destructive wrath of God pours out on Kansans is the ultimate harm to the health, welfare and safety of the people,” it continued. “Kansas voters, in some recognition of the harm that would befall a people who would so flagrantly disobey God voted against same sex marriage.”
The brief also noted that WBC was founded, and its headquarters is still situated in, Topeka, Kansas, and that it therefore has a vested interest in the state not being subjected to God’s wrath.