Supreme Court: Fred ‘God hates f-gs’ Phelps has 1st Amendment right to picket military funerals

The First Amendment protects the Phelps clan:

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the right of small-but-loud Westboro Baptist Church to demonstrate provocatively near military funerals.

In a free-speech ruling that challenges popular opinion, the court ruled that the First Amendment protects even deliberately obnoxious funeral protests. The justices stressed that the court’s 8-1 ruling was no endorsement of the church’s infamous “God hates fags” message.

“Given that Westboro’s speech was at a public place on a matter of public concern, that speech is entitled to special protection under the First Amendment,” Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority.

Hopefully, someday soon, LGBT Americans will find protections from the constitution.


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