Supreme Court Splits on Rulings Involving the Military

In a majority ruling, the land’s highest court said that religious picketers are within their rights to protest at military funerals. Below is a news alert from this morning courtesy of the Washington Post:

The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.

The court voted 8-1 Wednesday in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his son’s funeral. For the full story click here.

But on the flip side, just yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the military. Nina Totenberg from National Public Radio reports on two different rulings where the justices sided with military personnel in a job discrimination case and the other involved a veteran who was denied VA benefits due to a late appeals filing.

One Response

  1. Picketing and protesting at funerals? I just don’t get it. They are protesting the government, so go to Wash.D.C. like everyone else. Contact your Senator and Representative. They could protest that the service person shouldn’t have died, I could probably go there. They are shaming themselves and are a blot on our country! Funerals are NOT a place for protest. They are a time for sadness, grief and remembrance. Those doing so should be getting support, not shouting.

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