: News

Maryland To Support Family In Marine Funeral Protest Case

Play associated audio

By Rebecca Blatt

Maryland is joining nearly 30 other states in support of the family of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by a controversial church group.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church held signs that said "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates you" outside the funeral of Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder in Carroll County, Maryland. The group believes American war deaths are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

Snyder's family sued the group for infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy. In the most recent ruling on the case, the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals sided with the church, citing free speech rights.

Today, Maryland's Attorney General Doug Gansler announced Maryland will join 28 other states signing onto a brief in support of Snyder's family, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the appellate court decision. The case will be heard by the high court in October.

WAMU 88.5

Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

NPR

'Invisible Army' Of Immigrant Women Finds Its Voice Through Cooking

Brazilian immigrant Roberta Siao says being both a foreigner and mother made it hard to find work in London. At Mazi Mas, a restaurant that trains and employs immigrants, she found more than a job.
WAMU 88.5

The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

WAMU 88.5

The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Barack Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam. We discuss what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.