Danica Roem uses spotlight to boost other Virginia Democrats

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) | When Del. Danica A. Roem sought in 2017 to become the country’s first openly transgender state lawmaker, the Republican Party of Virginia funded a political flier that referred to her as a man and speculated that she would teach “transgenderism” to kindergartners.

This year, the GOP rushed to Roem’s defense after an anti-LGBTQ group mounted a demonstration against her presence in Richmond.

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Kazoos, chants drown out Westboro Church’s message of hate

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) | Randy Blythe of Richmond’s heavy metal band Lamb of God met demonstrators from Westboro Baptist Church at the Virginia Capitol on March 11 with an unlikely weapon: kazoos.

Armed with colorful plastic instruments, Blythe and more than 100 other counterprotesters drowned out the six WBC members with a cacophony of chaotic noise.

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Painted parking spot tradition ends after rainbow flag

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MARION, Kan. (AP) — A rural central Kansas school district has stopped letting high school seniors personalize their parking spaces after one student painted his spot with a gay pride rainbow flag that was immediately vandalized.

The school board for the 500-student Marion-Florence school district voted 4-3 this month to put an end to the homecoming week tradition, which had created challenges in the past. Superintendent Aaron Homburg told The Associated Press that last year one student wasn’t allowed to paint a Confederate flag and another was stopped from painting a marijuana leaf.

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Supreme Court leaves in place Nebraska funeral protest law

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is leaving in place a Nebraska law that bars protests around funerals.

Nebraska enacted the law in 2006. It prohibits protests near a cemetery, mortuary or church from one hour before the beginning of a funeral to two hours after.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Westboro protest got T-wrecked

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What happened when the Westboro Baptist Church came to Seminole counTY on Oct. 22 to protest outside of a church? Dinosaurs and Jesus threw a dance party. No, seriously!

A local group that dresses up in inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex costumes, known as the T-Rex’s of Orlando, showed up—one on rollerblades—proudly waving rainbow flags and state flags to counter-protest. They were also joined by a man dressed as Jesus and others. They were loudly singing Katy Perry’s “Roar” along with a playlist straight out of the ‘80s.

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Reese Witherspoon to produce film about Westboro Baptist Church

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Reese Witherspoon will be producing “This Above All,” a film based on the life of Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps.

Phelps-Roper left the church in 2012 with her sister Grace and was excommunicated from her family. Since then, she has penned an upcoming book about her experiences in the church.

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Appeals court upholds Nebraska funeral picketing law

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A federal appeals court has agreed with a lower court’s ruling upholding Nebraska’s law requiring picketers to stay at least 500 feet from funerals.

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday said that all speakers, including members of Westboro Baptist Church, have a constitutionally-protected right to express their beliefs at funerals. But the appeals court also said that those rights “are not absolute and some time, place, and/or manner restrictions are allowed.”

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Five ways to counter-protest Westboro Baptist Church

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The putrid dumpster fire known as Westboro Baptist Church is coming to Orlando to picket the funerals of victims of the Pulse massacre. That really, really sucks.

Here are 5 things you can do about it RIGHT NOW.

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OPD: Westboro Baptist Church will not be in Orlando

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UDPATE! It now appears that Westboro is planning to protest in Orlando.

Rumors abound that Westboro Baptist Church is headed to Orlando to protest Pulse shooting victims’ funerals.

The Orlando Police Department released a statement via email to community leaders stating that the hate group, also known for protesting the funerals of service members, will not be in Orlando.

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Westboro plans to picket Glee star’s funeral

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Within a day of reports that Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in a Canadian hotel room, the Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to protest his funeral.

Monteith, who played “Finn Hudson” on the popular FOX musical dramedy for four seasons, was discovered by hotel staff when he failed to check out of his room. He and real-life girlfriend and fellow Glee star Lea Michele, were rumored to be engaged.

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Westboro at UCF

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More than one hundred people showed up in front of the UCF Arena July 15 to counter-protest a visit from the Topeka-based hate group, Westboro Baptist Church.

The controversial anti-gay group made a brief stop at UCF after picketing the NAACP national convention earlier in the morning near Sea World.

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