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This bride is going viral for giving her dad a 'certificate of purity' before her wedding

That’s exactly what you think it is.

WE’VE ALL HEARD of promise rings and purity balls, but this American bride went a step further to prove she was a virgin on her wedding day.

Newly married Brelyn Bowman is going viral for giving her dad a rather unusual gift: A certificate confirming that she remained ‘pure’ until marriage.

Who knew that a pic like this would get so much negativity but a natural man will not understand things of the Spirit for they are foolishness to them!!! #meetthebowmans #readyourbible #prayingforyou Source: Instagram/drmikefreeman

Writing on Instagram, Brelyn called her father her “first love”, and said it was her choice to prove she kept her promise to him:

I was able to present a certificate of purity to him signed by my doctor that my hymen was still intact. Also the covenant he gave me when I was 13.

Brelyn’s posts quickly went viral and the reaction was less than positive from both religious folk and non-religious folk, who are wondering why she needed to share so much information with her father.

Some are also pointing out that an intact hymen isn’t really proof of virginity - most women know it can be broken in a variety of non-sexual ways (horse riding, for instance.)

But some people are touched by the gesture:

certificate1 Source: Facebook

certificate2 Source: Facebook

Another one of my favs! Dancing with my first love! ❤️ I was able to present a certificate of purity to him signed by my doctor that my hymen was still intact. Also the covenant he gave me when I was 13. When you honor God, your life will automatically honor others! I love you daddy @drmikefreeman Source: Instagram/brefree

Her father, Dr Mike Freeman (no relation to DailyEdge.ie‘s Michael Freeman), is a pastor and the founder of the Spirit of Faith Christian Centre in Maryland. He acknowledged the negative attention the certificate was getting in an Instagram post:

Who knew that a pic like this would get so much negativity but a natural man will not understand things of the Spirit for they are foolishness to them!!!

Dr Freeman’s new son-in-law, Timothy Bowman, also remained a virgin until marriage – speaking to BuzzFeed, the pastor said he took Timothy’s word on it, as there’s no medical test to ‘prove’ a man’s virginity.

Brelyn, who sometimes calls herself a ‘Preacher of Purity’, has brushed off the criticism while enjoying her honeymoon.

Just so we're clear everyone is not doing it! It's possible to have the man of your dreams without sex! As women it's a natural thing for us to want to please our men in every way but is it right? Just because something is easy doesn't mean it's right! We must take a stand & do what's right! If he can't wait for you then HE's not worth it! Know who & whose you are before you allow someone else to define you! Your worth is far above rubies darling! If you know you can't handle being alone after 9, take your cute little self HOME! Why would he buy the car if he can test drive it at will? You're worth waiting for ❤️. #ididit #alotofpraying #thiswaitisalmostover Source: Instagram/brefree

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 and my husband is swimming in the pool. I looked ahead and saw the Indian Ocea. So while they’re deciding I’ll enjoy the promises of God for my life!

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