Supreme Court allows anti-gay protests at military funerals
A Kansas church that attracted nationwide attention for its angry, anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. military members has won its appeal at the Supreme Court, an issue testing the competing constitutional rights of free speech and privacy.
The justices, by an 8-1 vote, said Wednesday that members of Westboro Baptist Church had a right to promote what they call a broad-based message on public matters such as wars. The father of a fallen Marine had sued the small church, saying those protests amounted to targeted harassment and an intentional infliction of emotional distress.
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I'm somewhat undecided with regards to this ruling. I find the protests morally despicable and mindlessly counterproductive, to be polite, (why hate those who die protecting you?) but am also a strict proponent of free speech.
Is this one of those cases where the behavior is condemned, but legal all the same? What do you think?