A bride in Maryland has been hit with Internet backlash after the story of her wedding day went viral. Brelyn Bowman, maiden name Freeman, is the daughter of a pastor, and on the day of her wedding she presented him with a certificate of purity.
The certificate authenticates her virginity and was signed by her doctor, asserting that her hymen was still intact prior to the marriage.
Bowman had the certificate framed and presented it to her father before she and her husband-to-be got married.
The certificate states:
“On the 10th of May 2006, I, Brelyn Freeman, made a vow to glorify God in my body and spirit which are God’s because I have been bought with a price (Jesus). I have kept this commitment and present this certificate to my father Dr Michael A. Freeman to show how I have honored God and my earthly father in my body by maintaining my purity and that my hymen is intact on this 10th day of October 2015.”
Her father said he was surprised by the certificate, and said that all of his children made similar promises.
“It’s not about what they did for me, rather what they did for themselves,” said Michael Freeman.
Since Bowman shared the certificate and wedding photos online, it has gone viral—and not all of the feedback has been positive.
Many people have commented calling it ‘disturbing’ that she would share intimate details of her sex life with her father. Most didn’t seem to have an issue with Bowman’s choice to abstain from sex until marriage, but feel like it makes it seem like her dad ‘owns’ her.
A lot of commenters also felt there was an unequal standard for men and women, wondering why men aren’t asked to provide medical proof of their purity.