Fred Phelps wins: Federal judge overturns Missouri funeral-protest ban

United States District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. issued a ruling yesterday that declared Missouri’s 2006 law against protesting at funerals to be unconstitutional because it violates constitutional rights to free speech.

Missouri lawmakers introduced the Spc. Edward Lee Myers Law after members of Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church picketed the Army Airborne Ranger’s funeral in St. Joseph in 2005. The church members, led by infamously media-hungry pastor Fred Phelps, claim that God’s wrath is evidenced through catastrophic events that befall the United States because our country tolerates homosexuality.

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