Local soldier speaks out against church protest

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Posted: Apr 1, 2010 10:16 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Apr 1, 2010 10:30 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Lance Corporal Mathew Snyder, Albert Snyder, John Martinez, Westboro Baptist Church, Topeka, Kansas, protesters, military funeral, supreme court

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments from the father of the Marine who was killed in action.
Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder died in Iraq four years ago.

Protesters from the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas showed up at Snyder's funeral. The Westboro Church believes that soldiers are being punished by God for America's acceptance of gay lifestyles. Snyder's father sued the church for emotional damage.

He won the case, but an appeals court overturned the ruling. The court also ruled the father owed more than $16,000 for the church's court fees. TV host Bill O'Reilly has offered to pay the court ordered fees for the father.

However, the father says he believes the Supreme Court will rule in his favor. The case is expected to be heard this year.

News 2's Kristy Davis spoke to a local Marine who fought along side Snyder and disagrees with the Westboro protests.

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