High Court sides with church members who picketed Marine's funeral

High Court sides with church members who picketed Marine's funeral

March 2nd, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

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 father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his son's funeral.

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