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Members of the LGBT community and allies organize in a peaceful rally and march at the UMass campus on April 16, 2014.

Thousands rally at UMass to support LGBT community, counter WBC protest

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. -- An estimated 2,000 people rallied at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday in support of the LGBTQ community, and UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay male athlete in NCAA Division 1 sports. [ Read more → ]

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 → ]
Fred Phelps

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 → ]

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 → ]
Fred Phelps

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]
Colin Murphy for LGBTQ NationA Westboro Baptist Church member protests Michael Sam's coming out.

Students form human wall to block Westboro Baptist protest at Mizzou

Saturday, February 15, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “Gods Hate Fags” and “God hates the World” fundamentalist movement, on Saturday protested the coming out of Missouri football player Michael Sam outside Mizzou Arena on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. [ Read more → ]
Jan Hollands (Twitter), via AP
Picture of the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 29, 2013.

Westboro Baptist Church: Scotland’s ‘fag marriage’ caused deadly helicopter crash

Saturday, November 30, 2013
GLASGOW, Scotland -- The U.S.-based Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists famous for their “Gods Hate Fags” demonstrations, blamed a deadly helicopter crash in Glasgow on Saturday on the country's recent advancement of a same-sex marriage bill. [ Read more → ]
Photos courtesy Equality House, Planting Peace

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 → ]

Charges likely for Satanists who performed ritual at grave of Westboro founder’s mother

Monday, July 22, 2013
MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Police in Meridian, Miss., say they plan to file charges against a group of self-described Satanists for performing a same-sex ritual at the grave site of the mother of Westboro Baptist church’s founder Fred Phelps. [ Read more → ]

Satanists perform gay ritual at grave site of Westboro Baptist founder’s mother

Thursday, July 18, 2013
MERIDIAN, Miss. -- A group of self-described Satanists say they’ve given the controversial, anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church a taste of its own medicine by performing a same-sex ritual at the grave site of the mother of the church’s founder. [caption id="attachment_103884" align="alignleft" width="665"] Satanist Temple[/caption]... [ Read more → ]
Evan Agostini, Invision/APMembers of One Direction, from left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson.

Westboro Baptist Church to picket ‘fag enabling’ boy band One Direction

Friday, June 28, 2013
The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “Gods Hate Fags” and “God hates..." everything else, say they will picket an upcoming concert of fag-enabling" boy band, One Direction. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian couple weds at ‘Equality House’ across from Westboro Baptist Church

Sunday, June 23, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. -- A lesbian couple from Arkansas married Saturday on the front lawn of the Equality House in Tokepa, Kan., across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the "God hates fags" activist group. [ Read more → ]

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 → ]
Equality House, Topeka, Kan,

‘Equality House’ moves in across the street from anti-gay Westboro church

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Planting Peace, a progressive non-profit organization dedicated to environmental conservation, has purchased a house across the street from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church compound, giving it a new paint job that pays homage to the rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBT pride. [ Read more → ]

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 → ]

Westboro funeral protests trigger new penalties backed by N.C. House

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina state House is unanimously backing efforts to increase criminal penalties for people who disrupt a funeral or memorial service in response to an anti-gay Kansas church picketing military funerals nationwide. [ Read more → ]
Westboro Baptist Church members protest Maryland's same-sex marriage law in Annapolis, Md. on Wednesday.Photo © Anna Staver.

Westboro protesters met by crowd of 250 counter-protesters in Maryland

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Four members of the anti-gay extremist Westboro Baptist Church were met by 250 counter-protesters on Wednesday morning when they arrived outside the Anne Arundel Circuit Court building in Annapolis to protest the state's recently enacted marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

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 → ]

Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket at Sandy Hook funerals

Sunday, December 16, 2012
The Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists and the "Gods Hate Fags" fundamentalist movement, announced via Twitter on Sunday plans to picket at the scene of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting. [ Read more → ]
Fred Phelps (right) and others at a Westboro protest.

‘Honoring America’s Veterans’ act has implications for anti-gay Westboro church

Monday, August 6, 2012
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday signed legislation known as the "Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Families Act of 2012" into law, and is expected to have implications for the Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based fringe church which has been labeled an anti-gay hate group. [ Read more → ]
Westboro protestors

As Westboro protests NY gay marriage, same-sex couples are unfazed

Sunday, July 24, 2011
About a dozen protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., gathered outside of Manhattan Clerks office this morning to protest the legalization of marriage equality in New York State. [ Read more → ]
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