U.S. Supreme Court rules for military funeral protests

The Toronto Star

 

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court has ruled that the free speech provisions in the U.S. Constitution protect fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.

The court voted 8-1 Wednesday in favour of the Westboro Baptist Church. 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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