While expressing disdain for the virulent protests staged at military funerals by members of a Kansas church, some Supreme Court justices on Wednesday seemed reluctant to upset First Amendment precedents that protect even the most obnoxious speech from punishment. Protests by members of the church -- who demonstrate at funerals and other events to promote their message that God is punishing America for its acceptance of homosexuality -- have triggered lawsuits and legislation in 43 states to restrict funeral protests.
High Court Seems Reluctant to Overturn First Amendment Precedents in Funeral Protest Case
The National Law Journal
October 7, 2010