Brelyn Freeman is the daughter Maryland pastor Dr. Mike Freeman, and she just got married. According to photos posted to Instagram, the wedding was beautiful, she’s beautiful, her husband is smiling – but that’s not why this story is being written.
Before the wedding, Brelyn wanted to give her father a gift. No, it wasn’t a collage book of family memories or a sentimental set of cufflinks for him to wear at a wedding. It was a certificate signed by her doctor citing medically-documented proof that she was a virgin up until her wedding night.
A caption on Brelyn’s Instagram post read:
“This LOVELY Bride Presented A CERTIFICATE OF VIRGINITY To Her Father On Her Wedding Day…A Doctor CERTIFIED…That Her Hymen Was INTACT…And That She’s A VIRGIN!!! (It’s A NEW TREND In Christian Weddings)
Still enjoying my amazing honeymoon, but just saw this! Only the beginning! Thanks for all your support on social media over the last couple of days! We will continue to push & celebrate our decision. Thank you for helping us push a positive message! If one person has made a decision to wait until marriage or decide to stop & wait we have done our job! Let’s make Jesus famous! -Mrs. B #meetthebowmans #purity #livingmybestdays
The happy and recently sexually-gratified (presumably) couple, along with Dr. Freeman, are well aware of the social media reaction regarding their little pact, but they are unabashed.
Apparently some people on social media are trying to decide if they like or don’t like my commitment of waiting/presenting a certificate to my dad. I started to want to explain/go in depth then I looked to my right my husband is swimming in the pool. I looked ahead & saw the Indian Ocean. So while they’re deciding I’ll enjoy the promises of God for my life! 💋 #MeetTheBowmans #livingmybestdays #mychoicemylife #goodlife A photo posted by Brelyn Bowman (@brefree) on
Virginity tests are not a new phenomenon within the world of religious fundamentalism. This month, the Guardian reported on religious families in Sweden who force their daughters to undergo testing. It’s not known whether or not Brelyn’s test was demanded by her father or if she did it voluntarily.
Either way, the look on the groom’s face pretty much says it all.
Featured image via Instagram