MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Westboro Baptist Church targets Macklemore concert in home state

Jul 29, 2013, 4:29 PM | Updated: Jul 30, 2013, 8:47 am

The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church is targeting Seattle’s Mary Lambert along with collabora...

The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church is targeting Seattle's Mary Lambert along with collaborators Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for their hit same-sex marriage anthem "Same Love." (Mary Lambert image)

(Mary Lambert image)

The anti-gay church known for picketing funerals has set its sights on Seattle’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for their hit same-sex marriage anthem “Same Love.” And the handful of Westboro Baptist Church members don’t have to travel far to unleash their latest round of anti-gay vitriol.

Macklemore and Lewis are performing Monday night in the church’s home state of Kansas as part of the festivities for the MLS All-Star game in Kansas City, 60 miles from its hometown of Topeka.

Mary Lambert, who wrote and sings the song’s moving, signature chorus, is there with them to perform “Same Love.” And she tells KIRO Radio she’s not too bothered by Westboro singling her out in a series of hateful tweets ahead of Monday night’s concert.

“I went to high school, I’ve been called names before,” she laughs. Lambert says she’s thrilled to be able to sing the song of tolerance, acceptance and love in the Midwest, especially on the church’s home turf.

“It’s heartbreaking but at the same time I know they’re doing it for shock value and I keep getting told if the WBC is protesting you it means you’re doing something right, so I’m okay with it now.”

It’s not the first time Lambert has gone up against the church. Four years ago she and a friend joined a counter-protest against a handful of WBC protestors targeting a local church. And it was then she realized how absurd the publicity-hungry members really were.

“I can’t even remember what they were protesting. It was really silly. They only had like two or three people holding signs, and then there was just a big mass of Seattle people. I made a sign that ‘God loves his gay children’, she says.

So four years later, it’s all come full circle. “I feel really good about it,” she says. Lambert should. Not only has “Same Love” recently gone Platinum, she’s releasing her own version of the song Tuesday on iTunes. It’s a heartwarming, emotional ballad called “She Keeps Me Warm,” based on her unforgettable chorus that anchors the song.

Related:

Exclusive: Mary Lambert turns Macklemore’s “Same Love” into new ballad

MyNorthwest News

Costco vs. Boeing...

Bill Kaczaraba

A study in contrasts: Costco vs. Boeing

In the state of Washington, two corporate giants stand out: Costco and Boeing. A recent poll conducted by Portland-based DMH Research sheds light on how we perceive these companies and other major players like Amazon, Starbucks, and Microsoft. The study, obtained by MyNorthwest, polled 500 adults across the region. The poll measured residents’ “perceptions of […]

6 hours ago

Early phases of Iran's drone attack against Israel. (Photo: Getty Images)...

Associated Press

The Latest | Iran launches its first direct military attack against Israel

Iran launched its first full-scale military attack against Israel on Saturday, sending drones toward Israel.

10 hours ago

revive i-5 seattle...

Nate Connors

I-5 repair work to slow spring breakers, baseball fans this weekend

Beginning Friday night, three lanes of I-5 north between Albro Place and the West Seattle Bridge through Monday morning at 5 a.m.

12 hours ago

Sea-Tac airport parking...

Micki Gamez

Going on a spring trip from Sea-Tac? Your car might not be there when you get back

In a recent report, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has seen a surge in car thefts over the past year.

12 hours ago

The Sacred Medicine House on Lake City Way in Seattle....

James Lynch

A new place of refuge for homeless Indigenous People

Friday was the Grand Opening of the Sacred Medicine House, a project spearheaded by the Chief Seattle Club.

13 hours ago

Seattle Police took into custody two armed carjacking suspects in Burien, after chasing them throug...

Bill Kaczaraba

Seattle Police pursue, capture carjacking suspects after chase across several cities

Seattle Police swiftly apprehended two armed carjacking suspects in Burien after a high-speed chase that spanned several cities.

15 hours ago

Westboro Baptist Church targets Macklemore concert in home state