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Inside the First Amendment: Laws are not best way to thwart Westboro (access required)

Whatever your thoughts about the controversial Fred Phelps family and their Westboro Baptist Church — and for most Americans, those thoughts are negative — the group continues to find ways to grab headlines and public attention. In the wake of ...

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Divorce, punishment and protest bills pass (access required)

The General Assembly ended its 2011 session last week having passed legislation pertaining to parting, punishment and protest. One new measure will require a spouse who seeks a divorce over the other’s objection to live separate and apart from that ...

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Inside the First Amendment: The price of free speech can be steep (access required)

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s Westboro Baptist Church free-speech decision, many online comments critical of the 8-1 ruling did so in speech that also relied on First Amendment protection. The situation was one more ironic twist in a case that ...

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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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Father of dead Marine files papers in case over funeral protests

The father of a Marine killed in Iraq says anti-gay protesters who showed up with inflammatory signs at his son’s funeral in Maryland should not have their actions protected by the Constitution’s freedom of speech guarantee. Attorneys for Pennsylvania resident ...

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