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Justices hear case of anti-gay protests at military funerals
October 6th, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Justices hear case of anti-gay protests at military funerals

Editor's Note: CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears files this report from Washington, DC

The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday to find a constitutional balance between free speech and privacy in a case involving provocative anti-homosexual protests by a small church at the funeral of a soldier who died in Iraq.

Members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church protested outside the court, while inside, one of their members argued they had a right to promote what they called a broad-based message on public matters such as wars.

But the lawyer for the fallen Marine's father argued those protests were an invasion of privacy and an intentional infliction of emotional distress.

"[Justice] Brandeis said the right to be let alone was the most important, and so he must have been thinking there could be a tort [lawsuit] there for interference with privacy," Justice Stephen Breyer noted Wednesday. "And emotional injury, deliberately inflicted, could be one... but I see that in some instances that could be abused to prevent somebody from getting out a public message, and therefore, I'm looking for a line."

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church and state • Courts • Homosexuality • Military

soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. religion.blogs.cnn.com

    Justices hear case of anti gay protests at military funerals.. He-he-he 🙂

    April 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  2. Lilimarie

    TAX THE CHURCHES AND RELIIGION GENERATED INCOME!!!, WE WILL SEE THEM GETTING ALMOST EXTINCT!!!!

    March 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  3. Rufas P. Jones

    These PUKES are just that.. No diffrent than a politician..The worst are the bAPTIST nut cases, folling then are the greedy TV preachers... Down home we castrate them both male and fenale so as they can't breed...

    February 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  4. Dkim5

    after i read the comments i realized half the people who commented are no better than the westboro baptist church

    October 23, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  5. bla

    Phelps, you sure have the bible all twsted up to your hatred beliefs. I cant believe you have a flock that listens to your evil ways. Satan loves guys like you,who does evil things under the lie ,Im a christian!!!!! I cant fathom sitting in your pews!!!

    October 15, 2010 at 10:37 am |
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