This Bride's "Certificate Of Purity" Is Causing A Huge Debate Online
She followed through with a covenant she made with her father when she was 13.
Maryland bride Brelyn Bowman's wedding story is sparking a major discussion about how far women should go to prove their virginity.
Freeman told BuzzFeed Life that he was caught off guard when Bowman gave him the certificate during her wedding.
From there, this annotated picture of the newlyweds began circulating on Facebook.
Some people wondered why her husband, who was also a virgin until marriage, didn't have to publicly prove anything.
Others were touched by Bowman's fulfillment of her promise.
Many were bewildered at Bowman's choice to present the certificate to her father, and not her husband.
Someone rightly pointed out that an intact hymen isn't always a telltale sign of virginity.
Still others were simply put off by the public display of private information.
But even before her wedding, Bowman proudly championed her lifestyle, sometimes calling herself a "Preacher of Purity."
Bowman, owner of Breezy'z Boutique in Waldorf, Maryland, is still on her honeymoon, but has posted several updates defending her choice.
She captioned this photo:
Apparently some people on social media are trying to decide if they like or don't like my commitment of waiting/presenting a certificate to my dad. I started to want to explain/go in depth then I looked to my right my husband is swimming in the pool. I looked ahead & saw the Indian Ocean. So while they're deciding I'll enjoy the promises of God for my life!
Bowman has not responded to BuzzFeed Life's request for comment.