Military Funeral Protest Case Headed to SCOTUS

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A case against a controversial church group known for protesting at military funerals will head to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court agreed, Monday, to determine whether protest signs made by the Fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church are protected by the First Amendment, no matter how upsetting they may be.

Members of the Kansas-based church have picketed at military funerals with signs like, "Pray for More Dead Soldiers," "God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11," and "Thank God for IEDs" (Improvised Explosive Devices).

They say U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality and that their protests are protected by the Constitution.

Albert Snyder, the father of a Marine killed in Iraq, sued the group after they protested outside his son's funeral.

A lower court awarded him $5 million for emotional distress and invasion of privacy.

The Supreme Court case will be argued in the fall.

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