2.08.2006

It's About Time

States Seek To Stymie Anti-Gay Protests at Funerals

from The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Monster's CultAt least 14 states are considering laws to stop members of a small Kansas church from picketing at funerals, including those of U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church have outraged grieving families by carrying anti-gay signs that say God is punishing the United States for accepting homosexuality.

The Topeka church only has about 75 members, The Monstermost of them belonging to the extended family of the independent church's pastor, Rev. Fred Phelps.

Several of the bills have moved quickly, with backing from governors and lawmakers. But passage could set up a clash between privacy and free speech rights, with court challenges almost certain.

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