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Group erects ‘God Loves Gays’ billboard in ‘God Hates Fags’ hometown

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The first "God Loves Gays" billboard was erected earlier this month in Topeka, Kan,, home of the Westboro Baptist Church.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Organizers behind the website "God Loves Gay People" and the Facebook page "The Facebook God," have erected a billboard Topeka, Kan. -- home to the virulently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church -- proclaiming that "God Loves Gays." The billboard, located about 3 miles southeast of the Westboro Baptist Church compound, is the product of ...

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Topeka domestic partner registry offers little benefit for non-city workers

Thursday, May 29, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. — Topeka’s new domestic partner registry was viewed as a significant victory for the city’s LGBT community when it was approved by the city council last week, but most employers say there will be little to no effect on workplace benefits.

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Topeka, Kan., home of Westboro Baptist Church, approves LGBT ordinances

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Topeka, Kan.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Topeka City Council approved two ordinances aimed at reducing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Westboro Baptist protesters chased out of Okla. town by unwelcoming residents

Monday, April 7, 2014
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MOORE, Okla. -- If members of the Topeka-Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church thought they'd find a friendly reception in nearby Oklahoma, they were mistaken. In fact, when church members brought their "God hates fags" and "God hates America" protest to Moore, Okla., on Sunday, they were met by an unwelcoming, angry crowd.

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Fred Phelps’ hate seen by some as helping to advance gay rights

Friday, March 21, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring — often at military funerals — that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality.

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A requiem on the death of Fred Phelps

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Fred Phelps
Fred Phelps is dead. Many will celebrate, and many will make comments about picketing his funeral in an eye-for-an-eye retaliation. I will not be among them. I do not respect Fred Phelps, nor do I forgive the pain he inflicted, but I value him. I value what he contributed to the struggle for LGBT equality. I am grateful that because of his presence, millions woke up to understand homophobia better and to confront it...

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Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dead at 84

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Charlie Riedel, APThe Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. preaches at his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., in March 2006. Phelps, the founder of the Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, died Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 84.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Anti-gay extremist Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church and the “Gods Hate Fags” fundamentalist movement, has died, according to his son, Timothy Phelps. He was 84.

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Westboro ‘elders’ ex-communicated Fred Phelps in church power struggle

Monday, March 17, 2014
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The Westboro Baptist Church on Sunday responded to media inquiries regarding news reports that founder Fred Phelps was on his death bed, and that he was "ex-communicated" from the church last August.

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Fred Phelps may be dying, but the LGBT community should let him go quietly

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Fred Phelps
A few years ago I asked Judy Shepard how she felt about Fred Phelps, the founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church which had picketed the funeral of her son Matthew in what was to become the seminal event that put Westboro into the national spotlight. Her answer surprised me. “Oh we love Freddy,” she replied. “If it wasn’t for him there would be no Matthew Shepard.” Judy’s answer to my question illustrates the truth about Fred Phelps...

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Report: Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, near death

Saturday, March 15, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. — Anti-gay extremist Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church and the “Gods Hate Fags” fundamentalist movement, is near death in a local hospice, according to a Facebook post Saturday night by his son Nathan Phelps.

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