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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.
The court voted 8-1 Wednesday in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the York County father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his son's funeral.
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Originally posted by InSanE1
I assure you if these were protests for something like 9/11 truth, or to have Bush charged with war crimes or something of that sort, this wouldn't be allowed to happen.
Originally posted by hotbakedtater
Not surprising, this is how the Supreme Court should have ruled on the matter. Did anyone else enjoy the delicious irony of the OP, or am I the only who got a nibble?
Originally posted by anon72
Wait till they start dying off. Maybe we can go to their cerimonies and have a grand old time.