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Kansas, Missouri governors differ in gay marriage responses

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
Advocates on both sides of the issue and the border Wednesday noted the sharp contrast in the neighboring governors' responses in the form of executive orders the day before. ...

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Equality House celebrates anniversary with kiss outside Westboro church

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Dozens celebrate the second anniversary of Equality House in Topeka, Kan., with a kiss outside the Westboro Baptist Church.
Equality House, located across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, home to anti-gay extremists famous for their “Gods Hate Fags” protests, celebrated its second anniversary over the weekend with one big smooch. ...

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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 ...

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

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Topeka, Kan.
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 ...

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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
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, ...

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

Friday, March 21, 2014
Fred Phelps
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 ...

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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, ...

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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
Members of Westboro Baptist Church found themselves outnumbered by high school students and made a break for it.
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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