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Published August 24, 2009 at 4:28 p.m.

On Tuesday, September 1, gay marriage will become legal in Vermont. To celebrate this historic occasion, infamous activist Fred Phelps and members of his Westboro Baptist Church are planning to travel to the Green Mountain State to picket the Statehouse in Montpelier.

According to the schedule posted on their website, they're also planning to picket the Montpelier Clerk/Treasurer's office. And while they're here, they're going to protest Vermont's Jewish community, as well. They're planning stops at the UVM Hillel office in Burlington, Chabad of Vermont, and the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue and school. 

GLBT activists have already begun spreading the word on Facebook, and are organizing online. Some community leaders are wary of drawing attention to Phelps, but I suspect that there will be no shortage of Vermonters who step up to counter the WBC message.

You can bet that, if they show up, members of the WBC will bring their iconic "God Hates Fags" signs with them. If you're planning a counter protest, or if you just want to comment on Phelps' brand of outrageous rhetoric, we'd like you to send us a photo of your sign. Put it on posterboard, scribble it on notebook paper, make an iPhone app, whatever — the more creative and visually arresting, the better.

We'll create a photo slideshow of the signs we receive on our website, and we'll print a few of them in the September 2 issue of Seven Days. Email them to me at cathy (at)

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.

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