Kansas AG stands up for Marine’s father in beef with Fred Phelps’ church
The family of a fallen marine that’s suing Topeka’s gay hating Westboro Baptist Church has found an ally in Kansas Attorney General Steve Six.
Next month, Six will file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Albert Snyder, who sued Fred Phelps and his church for picketing the 2006 funeral of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew
Snyder, and won a $5 million judgment (the Phelpses won an appeal). In the brief, Six will argue that laws against “funeral picketing” are constitutional.
“Funeral goers are a captive audience and they are engaged in a deeply
personal and private mourning process,” Six said in a statement.
“The Constitution does not give
the Phelpses the right to hijack solemn proceedings such as funerals in
order to spread their hateful ideas.”
Six is asking other attorneys general to join him, and it might not be
hard to find allies. More than 40 states have signed laws against
funeral picketing and protests.