Westboro Baptist Amends Nebraska Lawsuit

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A member of a Kansas church known for its anti-gay rhetoric has filed an amended complaint in federal court adding more than a half dozen examples of how the church says a Nebraska funeral picketing law discriminates against it.

The amended lawsuit, filed Monday in Lincoln's U.S. District Court, challenges a 2011 Nebraska law that requires protesters to stand 500 feet away from a funeral service.

The amended complaint includes seven new examples in which Shirley Phelps-Roper says church members were kept up to 1,000 feet from funeral services, while counter protester were allowed immediately outside services.

The Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church protests at funerals around the country, contending that U.S. soldiers and others are being struck down by God for defending a nation that tolerates homosexuality.

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