Aug 182010
 August 18, 2010  Posted by  Court

You may despise their message, but the First Amendment continues to trump people’s wishes to be free of hateful speech near a funeral. Joe Harris reports:

A federal judge has ruled that a Missouri law restricting protests at or near military funerals is unconstitutional. The state enacted the law in 2006 in response to protests from a Kansas Baptist church whose members protest at military funerals, claiming God is punishing U.S. soldiers because the country tolerates homosexuals. U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan ruled that the law violates the First Amendment.

Read more on Courthouse News. You can read the opinion in Phelps-Roper v. Koster here (pdf).

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