Father hopes to "set a precedent" for lawsuits against funeral protesters

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A man who won a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against protesters who picketed his son's funeral is urging other families to sue the group.

A Baltimore jury awarded Albert Snyder nearly 11 million dollars in his suit against the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas. He sued after members of the church protested at last year's funeral for his son, who was killed in Iraq. The church says the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq are a punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality.

Snyder tells NBC's "Today" show that the case "wasn't about the money." He says it was to set a precedent, so other people could sue the group. He adds that his son died fighting for freedom for Iraqis, but not for hate speech.

Even after the verdict against them, Westboro church members vowed to continue picketing funerals with signs that say "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates fags."


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