Supreme Court Rules In Major Free Speech Case

03.03.11 | Sarah Harnisch

The U.S. Supreme Court has ok'd protests at military funerals. The court ruled in an 8 to 1 vote Wednesday the First Amendment protects members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas who have held provocative, loud, and in some cases, hurtful protests at military funerals. Albert Snyder, the father who sued the church, and the man at the head of the case, gave a statement after the case. He said "we found out today that we can no longer bury our dead with dignity. What is this country becoming? Snyder had a 5-million dollar earlier judgement in his favor stripped away yesterday. Matt Barber with Liberty Council says even hate speech is protected speech in America. He said "although we strongly disagree with the tactics and the speech of Westboro Baptist Church, we do see this as a victory for the First Amendment and for freedom of speech." Chief Justice John Roberts said that even hurtful speech on public issues has to be protected to ensure we don't stifle public debate.