A woman from Oklahoma has gone viral on Facebook after offering to be a substitute mum to any couples whose own parents won’t attend their same-sex weddings.
Sara Cunningham, who is an ordained minister and works for an architecture firm, wrote on Facebook last week, “If you need a mom to attend your same-sex wedding because your biological mom won’t. Call me. I’m there. I’ll be your biggest fan. I’ll even bring the bubbles.”
The post has since been shared almost 8,000 times, and Cunningham told Buzzfeed News she decided to make the offer after meeting gay couples at the same-sex weddings she has officiated.
“The post came from hearing from several same-sex couples — how their parents refuse to attend their wedding, or even acknowledge their relationships,” she said.
“People need hope — I sure do — and we need to be that for each other in any way, shape, or form. Hope never disappoints.”
Cunningham revealed that she got into LGBTIQ activism after her son came out as gay.
“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 told BuzzFeed.
“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.”
In case Cunningham receives too many invitations as a result of the viral post, hundreds of others from across the US also commented, making similar offers to brides- and grooms-to-be in their local areas.
“I’d be honored to bring my fierce, loving mom energy to any LGBTQ wedding. Sometimes your chosen family can be the most meaningful,” one mum wrote.