Fallen Marine's Dad Wins Millions Against Those Picketing Military Funerals

The father of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq has won nearly $11-million in a lawsuit against a fundamentalist Kansas church whose followers picket military funerals.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church believe the Iraq war and its casualties are God's punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality.

The funeral for Al Snyder's son, Matthew, was interrupted by protesters in March of 2006.

Synder spoke about the church and its protesters Nov. 1 on CNN's "American Morning."

"The one thing I can honestly say about my son was, he was the type of person that if he didn't have something good to say about somebody, he kept his mouth shut. But I do feel sorry for the children in this church. I pray for those children every night," Snyder assured.

Several states have implemented laws about funeral protests and Congress has passed a law barring protests at federal cemeteries.


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