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People Dressed As Angels To Block Anti-Gay Protesters In Orlando

The hateful Westboro Baptist Church tried to interrupt some of the funerals of the Orlando gay nightclub victims — but these angels weren't having it.

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A notorious Kansas-based extremist group, the Westboro Baptist Church, traveled to Orlando to protest some of the funerals with anti-gay signs.

WBC protests as supporters sing national anthem. "I love you Orlando" yelled out, crowd cheers @wmfeorlando


Carrying offensive signs and chanting hateful slogans, four protesters tried to interrupt Saturday's funerals.

WBC members show,4, yelling "never ok to be gay" counter protestors sing Amazing Grace @wmfeorlando @JHBaileyDC

But they were blocked from view by heavenly volunteers who dressed up as angels.

The Angels arrive to huge applause at St Luke's for funeral #OrlandoStrong @wmfeorlando to block WBC

At Orlando counter-protest, angels wearing large wings ensure Westboro protesters don't disrupt the funeral proper.


Saturday's angels, members of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, were met with hugs to thank them for their actions.

#OrlandoStrong @wmfeorlando theater community spreads its wings to block WBC from family @tamarakeithNPR

Hundreds of demonstrators also reinforced the angels by singing the hymn "Amazing Grace" to drown out the Westboro supporters' hateful chants.

Surreal: one side sings 'amazing grace' as protesters chant against them while #orlandoshooting funeral next door

The solemn singing was truly heartwarming.

Amazing grace against Westboro Baptist Church.

Eventually, the tiny group of Westboro protesters left and the angels were cheered as heroes.

People cheer as tiny group of Westboro Baptist Church protesters leaves. Also thank @OrlandoPolice #OrlandoStrong

Westboro protesters have left the state & no plans to return. Thank you to those who met protest with grace & love.


Supporters sing Amazing Grace to drown out WBC @wmfeorlando #OrlandoStrong

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

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