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Supreme Court hears arguments over baker who refused to make cake for same-sex couple
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in the case surrounding a Colorado cake baker who refused to supply a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission deals with the rights o (More)
US Supreme Court declines to review Nebraska law limiting funeral protests
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to rule on a Nebraska law which limits protesting around funerals. The Nebraska Funeral Picketing Law , which was enacted in 2006, originally prohibited [Omaha World-Herald report] protests within 300 feet o (More)
The Passing of Fred Phelps and Challenges to First Amendment Freedom of (and from) Speech
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law considers the life and times of the late First Amendment advocate-antagonist Fred Phelps ... (More)
Federal appeals court upholds part of Missouri funeral protest ban
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Friday upheld a Missouri law that bans protests within 300 feet of funerals but struck down a second broader law that would have increased the distance at which protesters to could congregate. The (More)
Federal appeals court upholds city funeral protest ban
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a municipality's ban on funeral protests. The court ruled that a ban on funeral protests in Manchester, Missouri, was a legitimate restriction on the First Amendment, calling it a "l (More)
Obama signs law limiting protests at military funerals
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 , which provides a number of benefits to veterans and limits the ability to protest at a military funeral. In addition to a (More)
Kansas governor signed law banning funeral picketing
On April 3, 2008, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed the Kansas Funeral Privacy Act into law. The legislation banned protests within 150 feet of a funeral in the one hour before, during, and two hours after the end of the service. The law was p (More)
Supreme Court allowed military funeral protests
On March 2, 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled in Snyder v. Phelps that protesters at military funerals are protected by the First Amendment. The case originated when members of the Westboro Baptist Church were sued by Albert Snyder for picketing the m (More)
Federal jury ordered military funeral protesters to pay $11M to father of Marine
On October 31, 2007, a federal jury awarded Albert Snyder nearly US$11 million in damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress resulting from a protest held by the Westboro Baptist Church's at the funeral of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Mat (More)
Federal judge found Missouri funeral protest ban unconstitutional
On August 16, 2010, the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri ruled that Missouri laws restricting protests near funerals were unconstitutional. Judge Fernando Gaitan held that two 2006 laws banning protests at funerals violated the (More)