Supreme Court rules First Amendment protects church’s right to picket funerals


The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects
fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay
protests outside military funerals.

The court voted 8-1 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.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the court. Justice
Samuel Alito dissented.


Greg Jeu

Greg Jeu is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of OutSmart Magazine.

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