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Perhaps no one summarized today’s historic decision more poignantly than our friend Nate Phelps, son of Westboro Baptist Church’s late founder Fred Phelps, who left that place a long time ago:

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A special thank you to my family of birth for relentlessly and colourfully demonstrating the cruelty of anti-gay sentiment, thus driving decent people away from hatred and into the arms of justice and equality.

Sometimes, it takes the most hateful voices to push away those who believe there’s middle-ground on the issue. Westboro Baptist Church members have arguably done more for gay rights through their hateful signs and attention-seeking protests than anyone else.

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of FriendlyAtheist.com, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.