Jen Hatmaker Gives Out 'Free Mom Hugs' at LGBT Event

(Jen Hatmaker/Instagram)

Well-known Christian author Jen Hatmaker drew attention over the weekend when she and members of her church attended an LGBT pride parade in Austin, Texas, to offer "free mom hugs" to fellow demonstrators.

Hatmaker, who faced backlash in 2016 when she departed from traditional Christian teachings and declared same-sex marriage to be "holy," shared about the outreach event in an emotional Instagram post.

"My beloved little church went downtown to the [Austin Pride Parade] and gave out free mom hugs, free dad hugs, free grana hugs, and free pastor hugs like it was our paying jobs," she wrote.

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