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Supreme Court rejects Ky. funeral protest case

LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal involving Kentucky's now-repealed law banning protests at military funerals.

The high court, without comment, on Wednesday turned away the appeal.

A federal district judge in Lexington threw out the law, aimed at Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, in 2006, ruling it was too broad. The state later repealed the law but appeals continued through the court system.

The law banned protests within 300 feet of military funerals and memorial services. Westboro Baptist Church frequently announces plans to protest at military and high-profile funerals, often citing various deaths and tragedies as a sign of God punishing America for tolerating homosexuality.

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