This Woman Has An Extraordinary Job At Same-Sex Weddings

Image: Sara Cunningham via People

When Sara Cunningham’s son Parker came out as gay, her world was turned upside down. She found all her beliefs about modern life and people challenged. And after founding a nonprofit called Free Mom Hugs, her engagement with the LGBTQ community grew. Nowadays, she can often be seen at same-sex weddings, where she has a peculiar role to play.

Image: Facebook/Sara Cunningham

Cunningham was a regular Midwest mom, enjoying church and family in equal measure when Parker dropped a bombshell in 2011. She told magazine Woman’s Day in May 2019, “I didn’t take the news very well.” It kicked off a struggle as she tried to reconcile her faith with her love for her son. In the end, she left the church and found friends in a Facebook gathering for moms who had, like her, quit their congregation because of their gay children.

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