TODAY: Supreme Court Hears Westboro Baptist Church Free Speech Case

The Westboro Baptist Church picketed the White House yesterday in advance of their appearance before the Supreme Court today where the father of a slain U.S. Marine is asking that his M judgment against the Phelps family be reinstated.

Albert Snyder, of York, Pa., took legal action after church members picketed the funeral of his son. “My son and the hundreds of thousands of other men and women who have died for this country worked too hard to preserve our freedom of speech than to have it mocked and cowardly stood behind like this church does,” Snyder said. The church members claim America’s acceptance of homosexuality and abortion are some of the reasons for all of its problems. In 2006, church members demonstrated at Matthew Snyder’s funeral. His father sued and in 2007, a jury ordered the church to pay million US. That penalty was later reduced to million. The verdict and penalty were later overturned on appeal.

Westboro is being represented by the ACLU. If you can bear it, Megan Phelps is live-tweeting the proceedings.

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THE SUPREMES: Kagan & Co. Just 3 Days Away From Hearing Westboro’s Free Funeral Speech Claim

With three women on the bench for the first time, the Supreme Court's 2010-11 term will tackle a slew of cases predicated one on of our favorite issues 'round these parts: the First Amendment. Put a condom on in case you blow your wad, because there's also some gays mixed in!

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Court: Professor Calling You A ‘Fascist Bastard’ For a Pro-Prop 8 Speech Is Not a Legal Matter

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Jonathan Lopez is the Los Angeles City College student whose professor John Matteson cut short, in the days after 2008's Prop 8 decision, Lopez's classroom speech on the definition of marriage and what the Bible thinks of homogays. Lopez sued for financial damages, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated after Mattseon berated him and called him (and anyone who voted for Prop 8) a "fascist bastard." And while a lower court approved Lopez's suit, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just told him to get the F out of their stack of paperwork in a unanimous decision to dismiss the case, saying Lopez, represented by the gasbags at the Alliance Defense Fund, failed to show he was harmed by Mattseon, uh, speaking the truth.

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Antigay Speech Lawsuit Dismissed

LA CITY COLLEGE X390A lawsuit filed by a L.A. City College student who claimed his professor
violated his free speech rights by interrupting his speech against gay
marriage was dismissed Friday.
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#VVS2010: Inhofe’s very boring #DADT speech

Sen Inhofe (R-OK with Not-OK LGBT views) got some very muted applause for his DADT stuff. Not a great sign for a conservative in a crowd where most every other piece of clap-bait will Palin comparison pale in comparison to a marriage ban mention:

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Activist Video: Activist Iowa judge actively giving activist speech on active activist video!

You’ve heard us talk about the inappropriateness of social conservatives’ current campaign to remove the three Iowa justices who are on the ballot in this year’s retention vote (David Baker, Michael Streit and Chief Justice Marsha Ternus) simply because they, the self-appointed moral monopolists, don’t like the way the UNANIMOUS marriage equality decision went down. But now hear from the man who actually wrote the Varnum opinion (by luck of the draw), Republican appointee Mark Cady, as he shares his views on the independent judiciary’s pivotal role and the need to do what’s right even in the face of rage and/or complacency:




‘Independence’ cited by justice in same-sex case [Des Moines Register]

**SEE ALSO: What Terry Brandstad, former state governor (’83-’99) and current GOP candidate to return to the governor’s office, had to say about Cady back when he appointed him:

The Cedar Rapids Gazette, 9/20/98

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