Anti-Gay Church Looks for Presidential Candidate's Support

By: AP
By: AP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church are urging Fred Thompson to support their stance on homosexuality.

The Topeka church says the Republican presidential candidate once "saw eye to eye" with them. Thompson was hired for a mid-1980s legal case in Kansas on the recommendation of Margie Phelps, daughter of Westboro founder Fred Phelps.

The church is now best known for protesting at soldiers' funerals, claiming their deaths are retribution for the nation's acceptance of homosexuality.

The Thompson campaign Wednesday dismissed the church as "a radical fringe group" looking for attention and said there's "no way" members share Thompson's values.

The church's latest statements appear to conflict with comments made by Margie Phelps to the Lawrence Journal-World in June about her interaction with Thompson.

But her sister, Shirley Phelps-Roper, said Wednesday that while Thompson might disagree with the church now, he didn't disagree then.

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