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Church ordered to pay $10.9 million for members who protested at the funerals of soldiers

According to CNN:

A fundamentalist church in Baltimore, Maryland was ordered by the federal jury to pay $10.9 million to the father of a marine whose funeral was picketed by members who blame soldiers’ deaths on America’s tolerance of homosexuals.

The family of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder sued the Westboro Baptists Church in Topeka, Kansas, and its leaders for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Church members picketed Snyder’s funeral chanting derogatory slogans and holding signs with messages such as “God Hates Fags.?

The church has picketed dozens of other funerals of troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, claming that God is punishing the U.S. because of its tolerance for gays.

Church leaders say that the federal jury’s judgment will do nothing to stop their future protests.

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Church members also picketed the funeral of Coretta Scott King in February 2006, because of her support for gay rights.

Several states have adopted laws about funeral protests and Congress has passed a law barring protest from occurring on the grounds of federal cemeteries.