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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, Okla., on Sunday, they were met by an unwelcoming, angry crowd. [ Read more → ]
Fred Phelps

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

Friday, March 21, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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A requiem on the death of Fred Phelps

Thursday, March 20, 2014
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... [ Read more → ]
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.

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dead at 84

Thursday, March 20, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Westboro ‘elders’ ex-communicated Fred Phelps in church power struggle

Monday, March 17, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Fred Phelps may be dying, but the LGBT community should let him go quietly

Sunday, March 16, 2014
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... [ Read more → ]
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Report: Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, near death

Saturday, March 15, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Judge upholds Mo. law limiting time, distance of funeral protests

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A federal judge has upheld a Missouri law requiring protesters to stay at least a football-field length away from funeral sites, beginning an hour before they start until an hour after the services end. [ Read more → ]
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Equality House hosts ‘Drag Down Bigotry’ show in Westboro neighborhood

Monday, October 28, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the "God hates Fags" movement, found itself with ringside seats to drag show on Saturday, organized by its neighbor, the rainbow painted Equality House. [ Read more → ]
Topeka, Kan.

Topeka adds sexual orientation, gender identity bias to Commission’s role

Thursday, September 19, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. — The Topeka City Council has voted to expand the work of the city's Human Relations Commission to include education about discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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Topeka city council to consider proposal on anti-LGBT discrimination

Friday, September 13, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The city council in Topeka, Kan., has scheduled a vote on an anti-discrimination proposal that would amend responsibility of the city's Human Relations Commission to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” [ Read more → ]
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Westboro Baptist Church blames Boston Marathon bombing on ‘fag marriage’

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “Gods Hate Fags” and "God hates the World" fundamentalist movement, took to Twitter on Monday evening to blame a bombing attack at the Boston Marathon on the effects of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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NC approves tougher funeral protest rules in response to anti-gay church

Sunday, March 3, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina General Assembly has given final approval to a measure that would impose stronger criminal penalties for people who disrupt funerals or memorial services. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
Lisa Lampanelli

Comedian donates $50,000 to AIDS care in honor of anti-gay Westboro protestors

Sunday, May 22, 2011
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli is donating $50,000 to the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in the name of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church in response to the church's protest of her show Friday night in Topeka, Kan. [ Read more → ]
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