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Crowds line up to hear Supreme Court arguments over Westboro Baptist's right to picket military funerals

By Associated Press
Published October 6, 2010 4:59PM (UTC)
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Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, Luke Phelps-Roper, 8, left, and Seth Phelps, 9, both from Topeka, Kansas, picket outside the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)

Members of a fundamentalist church are circling the Supreme Court in protest, brandishing an assortment of the kinds of mocking placards they've been carrying to military funerals

The justices are hearing argument later Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by the father of a dead Marine, who was outraged that members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., picketed his son's funeral.

Five church members are holding up their placards. Among them is a young boy with a sign that reads "God Hates You."

A line of people who want to attend the argument stretches around the corner from the court atop Capitol Hill on a cool, cloudy morning.

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