Woman Offers To Be "Stand In Mom" At Same Sex Weddings When Parents Refuse To Come
A woman in Oklahoma is making a big offer to anyone getting married — she’ll be your stand-in mom at your same-sex wedding.
An ordained minister, an LGBTQ advocate, and a mother herself, Sara Cunningham made the offer in a Facebook post.
‘PSA. If you need a mom to attend your same sex wedding because your biological mom won’t. Call me,’ she wrote. ‘I’m there. I’ll be your biggest fan. I’ll even bring the bubbles.’
Cunningham, who works in architecture, told BuzzFeed News her gay son directly affected her own evolution with LGBTQ rights.
‘I thought, “If my son is going to hell for being gay I’m gonna fight for him like my hair is on fire,”‘ she said.
‘Since then I’ve gotten educated and no longer believe that — so now I’ve [been] fighting for him and the LGBTQ community like my hair is on fire because I’ve seen the power of what fear and ignorance can do.’
She is also a member of the group Free Mom Hugs, a non-profit in Oklahoma for mothers of LGBTQ kids.
As a minister, and since coming to this point, Cunningham has officiated numerous same-sex weddings. But now she wants to do more.
The post came from hearing from several same-sex couples — how their parents refuse to attend their wedding, or even acknowledge their relationships,’ she further explained to BuzzFeed.
It’s inspiring not only other mothers, but women offering sisterhood and friendship, across the country to make the same offer.
‘People need hope — I sure do — and we need to be that for each other in any way, shape, or form,’ she said in response to the thousands of comments and likes she’s received.
‘Hope never disappoints.’