Members of a Topeka, Kansas, anti-homosexual group show up to protest at the funeral of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq. Lance Corporal Darin Settle died on Aptil 14th. His funeral was held Saturday in the gymnasium of a Cole County high school in Eugene. Margie Phelps is a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, which believes God kills U.S. soldiers because – in her words – this country tolerates homosexuality. She insists her group did not break the new Missouri law which restricts protests at funerals, because the service was held in a school – not at church, in a funeral home, or at a cemetery. Cole County Sheriff Greg White points out the law does extend to a school because the school district – in effect – rented the building to the funeral home and the family, and he told the Phelps followers where the restricted areas were. But, as the protest and counter-protest went on, White made it clear no one had trespassed. White later learned that one of the Phelps protesters’ vehicles had brushed up against a Sheriff’s Deputy. But the driver was not stopped and nobody was arrested.
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