“PSA. If you need a mom to attend your same sex wedding because your biological mom won't. Call me.” Cunningham wrote on Facebook alongside a photo with her hand raised high. “I'm there. I'll be your biggest fan. I'll even bring the bubbles.”
Cunningham is a mother of two and one of her kids is gay. “Hey precious people, I wrote a book about how I came to terms with being a woman of faith and a mother with a gay son,” she continued in a follow-up comment, according to The Knot News. “The journey took us from the church to the pride parade without losing my faith. I wrote it for moms like me and I hear from the LGBTQ community that read the book.”
The author of How We Sleep At Night: A Mother's Memoir shared with Buzzfeed what encouraged her to write this post. "The post came from hearing from several same-sex couples—how their parents refuse to attend their wedding, or even acknowledge their relationships."
Several commenters on the post chimed in to offer their mom services as well in cities all over the country. “If you need a mom or dad in/near Birmingham, Al- I would be honored!” one commenter wrote. Others shared that they might be in need of the services themselves. Another person wrote, “This makes my heart happy. My mom left, my dad passed away and I’m lesbian so I might need to find a mom.”
Cunningham can stand in as more than maternal figure—she's an ordained minister, and can officiate your wedding too. According to Buzzfeed, she has married several people—including LGBTQ couples—all over Oklahoma. She credits her personal journey with her son as what propelled Cunningham into activism and acting as an advocate for the LGBTQ community.
"I thought, if my son is going to hell for being gay I'm gonna fight for him like my hair is on fire," she told Buzzfeed. "Since then I've gotten educated and no longer believe that—so now I've [been] fighting for him and the LGBTQ community like my hair is on fire because I've seen the power of what fear and ignorance can do."
Cunningham definitely lit a fire on social media. Her facebook post has been shared by 8,000 users and has over 1,300 comments. This mama's main goal is to just give hope to the people that need it.
"People need hope—I sure do—and we need to be that for each other in any way, shape, or form," she said. "Hope never disappoints."