The Supreme Court issued a ruling Wednesday that the Westboro Baptist Church's protests at military funerals are covered by the First Amendment. The Supreme Court decided 8-1, saying freedom of speech, hurtful or not, is still protected.
The church has attracted nationwide attention for its anti-gay protests at U.S. military funerals. Fred Phelps, who leads the Topeka, Kan., church, claims God is punishing the United States for "the sin of homosexuality."
The protest that spurred the lawsuit that led to the Supreme Court decision occurred in Westminster, Md., at the funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who died in 2006. After the group protested at his funeral, Snyder's family sued the church in 2007 for invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy.
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