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Walkersville creates larger buffer around funerals

WALKERSVILLE — A Maryland town is making it harder for groups like the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church to protest at funerals. The town of Walkersville on Wednesday approved an ordinance that requires demonstrators to stay 1,000 feet away from funerals, ...

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Funeral picketing bill in Md. Senate

Sen. Lisa Gladden, D-Baltimore, introduced a bill Wednesday that would force picketers farther away from funerals. The legislation comes in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that grew from a  protest at a Marine’s funeral in Westminster. The court ...

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Snyder will fight Westboro on court costs, lawyer says

WASHINGTON — The father of a Marine killed in Iraq won’t pay the nearly $100,000 in court costs charged by Westboro Baptist Church, which picketed his son’s 2006 funeral, in the wake of his unsuccessful lawsuit against the group, his ...

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Westboro church to challenge anti-picketing laws

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by last week’s Supreme Court decision, Westboro Baptist Church attorney Margie Phelps said she will challenge statutes all over the country that restrict picketing at funerals. The court decided 8-1, with Justice Samuel Alito dissenting, that the ...

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Supreme Court rules for Westboro Baptist over military funeral protests

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount anti-gay protests outside military funerals, despite the pain they cause grieving families. The court voted 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of ...

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