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Westboro announces plans to protest same-sex marriage in Maryland

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists known for their “Gods hates fags” and “God hates dead soldiers” protests, has received permits to rally in front of courthouses in Towson and Annapolis, Md. on Wednesday, according to police officials.

The church announced on its website that it plans to picket the sites in protest of the state legalizing same-sex marriage.

Westboro obtained permits allowing its members to rally at the Ann Arndel County Circuit Court in Annapolis, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, and at the Baltimore County Circuit Court in Towson, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

It is unclear if WBC members will actually be present, as the group is known for planning pickets and then not showing up.

But parishioners of St. Anne’s, the 300-year-old Episcopal church across from the Annapolis courthouse, said they are planning a counter-protest the same day to “bear witness to the good news of God’s unconditional love,” according to The Baltimore Sun.

“We will not engage them. But we will speak our message of love more loudly,” Joe Pagano, the associate rector of St. Anne’s, wrote to parishioners. “Come and join us and let us show the world that the love of Jesus is more powerful than hate.”

Based in Topeka, Kan., the Westboro church is not affiliated with the Baptist denomination or any other Baptist church. According to news reports, almost all of its members — fewer than 100 — are related to founder Fred Phelps either by blood or marriage.

The hate group is best known for its protest of the funerals of U.S. service members, and first came into the national spotlight in 1998, when it picketed at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay man who was brutally attacked on the night of October 6, 1998, then tied to a fence and left to die.

On Tuesday, Maryland became the ninth U.S. state, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize same-sex marriage — the law passed on Nov. 6 with 52 percent of the vote.

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  1. lets all stop talking about them, and maybe they will just go away!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:03pm
  2. Leave people alone on their wedding days!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:03pm
  3. Good idea. They are nuts and it just feeds other nuts.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:03pm
  4. May they all get flat tires on the way.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:03pm
  5. I have never wanted to set so many people’s houses on fire in my life. They are absolutely horrible. Why don’t we deserve happiness and a normal life?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:05pm
  6. I wish they would come to my wedding!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:05pm
  7. Not surprised

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:06pm
  8. FUCK THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:06pm
  9. i would love to use a car and “hit and run’ cough cough

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:06pm
  10. People really need to get a life.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:08pm
  11. stop the madness

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:08pm
  12. If you ignore them, they get mad and stomp their feet. Its fun. Try it.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:08pm
  13. They have not learned yet, I see. Bring it fools. You will be drowned out by real loving people

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:09pm
  14. they’re all sick in the head and need help

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:09pm
  15. maybe if they had happy marriages of there own they wouldnt be trying to protest others. But have you seen half the people that protest these things they do this like its a career how sad is that think of it they will be old still doing this while we will have been married and have had happy enjoyable lives. Let them be crazy they been protesting for along time and its gotten them no where look at how many places its legal for us to get married now thats a big step forward they want to live backwards let them there all nuts.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:10pm
  16. Morons, see, are fog-horns across this Great Nation, bringing alarm to all Our Boarders that some still live in the darkness of their own caves. Let them holler, Blessing more with Light of Freedom!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:13pm
  17. Larry why are you on this page?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:13pm
  18. these are lovers of their god…whoever that might be….

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:13pm
  19. God hates fags? Lets say God just read that this is what he sees ( God Fags) You know why?? Because God doesn’t know the meaning of the word hate. “Those who don’t know love don’t know God” And I wish they would stop using God as an excuse to bash people.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:17pm
  20. please ignore these people – they just want people to lash out back at them so they can sue you and make money, thats what they are all about

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:17pm
  21. Lets protest there funerals and there wedding And at there church

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:19pm
  22. Karma will get these Crazy Crazy People!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:21pm
  23. These days, this is really sort of a compliment! ;-{P} <3 <3 <3

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:21pm
  24. I am tired of all churches who protest my relationship and same sex marriages when I (we) have nothing to do with their religion. Preach to your own parishes and congregations and leave us alone. We want nothing to do with your religion or your beliefs so keep them to yourself.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:23pm
  25. Let them protest. Just get a bunch of drag queens on crotch rockets to drown them out. It will be hilarious.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:24pm
  26. Get a LIFE westboro church

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:26pm
  27. stop referring to them as a “church”. thank you

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:27pm
  28. They’re sad and pathetic. Their entire existence is based on hate of people who don’t even care what they think. They’re also disgusting for picketing funerals. They’re asking for a fight that they can’t even spell correctly on signs or put into articulate sentences.

    WBC, do yourselves a favor and shut the fuck up.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:30pm
  29. As if they can stop us with their sticks and cardboard…all they are proving is how nuts they are. They know nothing of love that is not connected to a cousin….and I agree with Steven, the press need to stop referring to them as a church!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:43pm
  30. fuck westboro baptist cult, not a church, its a hate cult

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:45pm
  31. Were all GODs children! GOD is LOVE, hate has to be taught.WBC teaches hate.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:47pm
  32. Protest them since they are a “HATE GROUP”! and GOD HATES WESTBORO KLAN!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:51pm
  33. To those of you who want to ignore them: Really??! These folks will foever be the face of anti gay rights but in adition they will also FOREVER be know as the idiots who protest childrens funerals in Newtown. These people need to be plastered all over every freakin news site in the country! The world needs to know who they are and the people against gay rights need to see the face of those they are fighting along side of. Next time somone eats a Chick Fila they need to know that this is the typeof people they support. That is the bottom line. The more the rest of the world knows about these folks the better for us the victums of their hate.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:52pm
  34. I know they won’t agree with this – but it’s this kind of radical, in your face hate that is helping Gay marriage in America – be sure to post it on beltway media sites – no one will want to agree with these people publicly.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:53pm
  35. …and yes they are a church.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:54pm
  36. WBC is SATAN!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:54pm
  37. when will this end? so called good people? but yet they say ‘God hates f*gs’ in my book god loves you all.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:01pm
  38. now is the time for any gay bikers, singers and such to gather, and drown out these losers. They thrive off of lawsuit money, they are just trying to get attention, so what better way to sting them then by doing what we gays can do best and steal the show.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:01pm
  39. @ Mac -lol you may be gay but you still need to be smacked. *Smack smack smack*

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:06pm
  40. I think they become more irrelevant every day. But does anyone know if their “church” has a tax exempt status? That would fry my furry butt because that means they are, in essence, using my money to spout this hatred.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:13pm
  41. And we’re supposed to be surprised. Each one of their protests over the last few years has watered down so much – they’re SO lame. I hope everyone ignores them.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:31pm
  42. Let them do what they want we all know they are going to hell for what they do!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:44pm
  43. How pathetic

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:00pm
  44. Wow, and they teach their children this? shame on them.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:43pm
  45. I can’t stand these people.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 5:03pm
  46. let them go to the weddings and when all those children get older Im betting some would rather leave because of the hate in their family and the things they do, several people have already left you can find interviews with them on youtube

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 5:17pm
  47. BOO HOO…who cares what these terrorists think?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 6:13pm
  48. OMG!!! R we surprised!????

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 8:50pm
  49. wow im surprised

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 8:57pm
  50. Sooo if i had diahrea and a kilt would the police arrest me for aiming my explosive accident at twbc protesters.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11:44pm
  51. So if we all wore kilts around them and let loose with the explosive diarrhea only nasty mexican food can cause could we get away with it.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11:46pm
  52. why have the law not taken these morons out yet???? it is about time in my Reckoning… they do nothing to enhance the lives of others….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 3:25am
  53. Fuck Westboro !!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:10am
  54. I Love the Lord so I won’t swear or speak hatred toward these westboro people, I will pray harder, I will support gay rights he groups financially, I will vote for politicians that support our agenda and I will not hide who I am.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:00pm