Same-sex couple says they received hate-filled RSVP after sending out wedding invitations

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CANTON, Ohio – A same-sex couple from Ohio says they received a hate-filled RSVP after sending out invitations to their wedding.

Keith and Chad told WOIO that they sent out wedding invitations to friends and people they thought were their friends.

About a month before their wedding, they say they received a hateful letter in the mail.

Hello Keith Alan and Chad Michael–

Just wanted to let you both know, you have sent an invitation to the wrong people.

You thought we supported you as a couple, well boys you were so wrong!

Your invitations were forwarded to an anti gay group in Canton Akron area, they will be attending your wedding.

Protesters will be there.

It’s not normal for 2 men to marry.

What is wrong with you?

It’s a sin!!!!!

Some of your friends are only coming to your so called wedding to help in protest.

Like it or not, this is going to happen.  This day is going to be ruined for you.

This is going to be a fun show to watch.  You both are going to get what you deserve.


The couple told WOIO that the letter was typed and unsigned.  The envelope had no return address on it.

“I guess we thought we knew the people that were coming and we didn’t know that well,” Keith said.

The couple says they won’t let the letter ruin their wedding.

“Never even crossed my mind — I never even thought about canceling and quite frankly, other than our initial shock of the letter this made us both want to do it more,” Keith said.

“This letter we received yesterday is more of a reason to move forward with it. Love will win in the end, that’s what it comes down to,” Chad said.

The couple told WOIO that their wedding is on private land, so protesters will not be able to get in.

After news of the hateful letter spread, a local church decided to host a card shower for the couple.

Letters of support can be sent to:

New Vision United Church of Christ
3129 Market Ave North, Canton, Ohio 44714
Attn: Chad and Keith

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