High Court Rules On Funeral Protests

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court has left in place a court
order barring Missouri from enforcing a law limiting protests near
funerals.

The justices refused without comment Monday to hear Missouri's
appeal. The state enacted a law aimed at religious picketers who
have turned up at soldiers' funerals.

Members of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church claim God allows
soldiers to be killed as punishment for the nation's sins,
including homosexuality, divorce and remarriage, idolatry and
greed.

Church member Shirley Phelps-Roper persuaded the 8th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis to issue an order barring
enforcement of the law while a federal judge considers whether it
is constitutional.


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