You might say that the Devil himself is changing his opinion of gay marriage. Or at least that might be how some people interpret today’s press release from The Satanic Temple offering to perform same-sex marriages in Michigan where gay couples go unrecognized by the government.
You may remember The Satanic Temple from their recent publicized exploits. Last year, the group performed a ‘Pink Mass’ at the grave of Fred Phelps’ mother to turn her spirit gay (they also promised to perform the same ceremony on Fred’s own gravesite). And this year’s uproar over a crowdsourced campaign to build a statue of Baphomet at the Oklahoma capitol? That, too, is the handiwork of The Satanic Temple, and the project is still moving forward. Unfortunately, their Harvard Black Mass ceremony didn’t quite go as planned.
As part of their latest effort to protect religious freedom and combat social injustice, The Satanic Temple is taking a strong stand against Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. According to Lucien Greaves, Detroit native and spokesman for the organization, “In Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder allows his loathing of homosexuals to trump his adhesion to the Constitution. We’d like to educate Snyder on the Constitution and the First Amendment by performing a gay marriage in Michigan. To us, marriage is a sacrament. We recognize it and think the state should have to recognize the marriage on religious liberty grounds.”
No exact start date for the ceremonies is given, but couples are being asked to contact The Satanic Temple directly if they are interested in having their wedding officiated by the temple.