Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle Melton Are Gay Christian Married!

What a weekend for gay weddings, eh? First came the news that Diana Taurasi married former teammate Penny Taylor. And now comes the news that former USWNT superstar Abby Wambach married Glennon Doyle Melton. Wambach is now a Christian Mommy Blogger’s Wife, if you will, and you will because that’s what Glennon Doyle Melton called her on Instagram as a way to announce their marriage. She even bought her a hoodie for the declaration.

After which: wedding photos.

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People magazine helpfully describes their wedding attire as “a red velvet suit jacket” and a “silver bejeweled dress.”

Wambach and Melton made headlines in November when the two shared the news that they were dating. The announcement came a few months after Melton, a celebrity writer in the Christian community, announced her divorce from her husband and also a few months after Wambach announced her divorce from former teammate Sarah Huffman, which she detailed in her memoir, Forward, along with candid stories about her struggle with substance abuse and subsequent DUI arrest.

In February Melton and Wambach announced their engagement. And now they’re married!

If social media is any indication, Melton has received an outpouring of support from the Christian community, which is honestly a little surprising, but very welcome. “Christian Mommy Blogger’s Wife” is not a thing I ever expected to read in my entire life when I was growing up gay and closeted in a Southern Baptist Church. It’s a welcome shift on this dark timeline.

Mazel tov, you two crazy kids!

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle managing editor who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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12 Comments

  1. Aww.

    And one quick clarification – Glennon not what we conventionally think of as evangelical Christian – she’s UCC, which is a pretty liberal, affirming, mainline Protestant denomination.

  2. This article is missing the joke about the “Christian mommy bloggers wife” sweatshirt- the point is that Glennon doyle Melton is not a “Christian mommy blogger”, but that is how she’s been talked about ever since she and Abby Wambach got together. She’s not evangelical.

  3. Congratulations! Speaking of welcome shifts…

    I’m so excited – there’s an actual LGBT pilgrimage to the Cathedral Basilica of Newark this coming Sunday (May 21), which will be welcomed by the CARDINAL himself! That’s so rare! And it’s only an hour or so away from where I live, the day before my birthday, no less. Feeling welcome in the Catholic Church is still a struggle, even after starting a little LGBT Catholic conversation group on campus, so hearing about the pilgrimage is probably the best news I’ve gotten recently. Anyhow, I just thought I’d share the news in case anyone else is in the general vicinity and wants to come along (I’m going for sure). It may have already outgrown the side chapel and be moving into the main space of the basilica! Here’s the blog post from New Ways Ministry about it: https://newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/newarks-cardinal-will-welcome-catholic-lgbt-pilgrimage/

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