Love Inspired This Oklahoma Woman To Be A Stand-In Mom At LGBT Weddings
Sara Cunningham's motherhood journey is not uncommon, but it is one that's worth reading. Because that journey has resulted in Sara becoming a powerful example of compassion, acceptance, and personal growth. And the completion of her journey has been captured in one viral Facebook post.
The journey began with a conversation between Sara and her son Parker, when Parker was 21 years old.
"'Mom, I met someone and I need you to be okay with it,'" Sara recalls Parker saying to her. Parker went on to come out to Sara as gay, and introduce her to his boyfriend.
At first, Sara struggled. She describes herself as a woman of faith, and their Oklahoma town as a conservative place. Sara felt alone in her confusion—until she found a community of women going through the same thing. In a private Facebook group, Sara was able to speak with other moms, and over time, her mind completely changed.
Sara and her husband started going to local Pride parades with Parker, and in 2015, Sara wore a pin that advertised "FREE MOM HUGS." Based on the enthusiastic response she got, Sara has become an advocate for helping parents on their personal journeys to accept their kids as they are.
When Sara put up the Facebook post saying that she'd attend LGBT weddings as a stand-in mom, she wasn't sure what the reaction would be. But since, Sara has officiated 12 same-sex weddings and has received hundreds of requests to attend as a parent surrogate.
It just goes to show: everyone needs a mother's love.