A Nebraska law prohibiting protests at funerals will stand.
The United States Supreme Court has decided against reviewing a challenge to the law, which arose in response to protests conducted by the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church. Westboro, founded by Fred Phelps and maintained by his children, has become infamous for its virulent anti-gay protests. Members of the congregation make it their mission to protest at military funerals, claiming deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq grow from God’s wrath for the nation’s toleration of homosexuality.
Nebraska enacted its funeral protest law in 2006. It bans protests near a cemetery, mortuary, or church from an hour before a funeral begins to two hours after it concludes. Westboro challenged the law, but lost its appeals in the lower courts.