British author J. K. Rowling, who is behind the best-selling Harry Potter series, lashed out at a Kansas-based extremist church on Twitter following the latter’s antigay marriage tweet.
The online duel started when the controversial Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) on Wednesday replied to Rowling’s gay marriage celebratory tweet which suggested that fictional characters Albus Dumbledore of the Harry Potter series and Gandalf of “The Lord of the Rings” could get married in Ireland.
“So @jk_rowling wants Dumbledore & Gandalf to marry in Ireland; if it happens, WBC will picket!,” the church said.
Rowling’s suggestion stemmed from the historic referendum that made Ireland the first country in the world to legislate same-sex unions by public vote, which the author described as “extraordinary and wonderful” in a previous tweet. In October 2007, three months after the publication of the last Harry Potter book, Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was gay.