The Supreme Court ruled in favor of an anti-gay church over a grieving father, whose Marine son's funeral was protested by the church, in an 8-1 ruling on Thursday.
The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. had gained notoriety for protesting the funerals of the military by saying that God has punished them for fighting for a nation that is tolerant of homosexuality, the Star Tribune said.
The court decided that the peaceful protest of a funeral was protected by the First Amendment.
The Snyder family sued the church in 2007 for invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy after protesting their Marine son's funeral, in a CNN report.
In his opinion of the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said that the First Amendment protects, "even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate."