Westboro Baptist Church Loses Legal Battle

Federal Appeals Court in Ohio upholds state law prohibiting pickets and protests near funerals or burial services. It

Westboro Baptist church member Gabriel Phelps-Roper, 10, and his sister Grace Phelps-Roper, 13, both of Topeka, Kan., protest at the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder in Westminster, Md. on March 10, 2006. (AP)

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals court in Cincinnati upholds an Ohio law that bars pickets and protests within 300 feet of a funeral or burial service.

It's a loss for the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, whose members are often seen at military funerals claiming the deaths of U.S. troops overseas are part of God's punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

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