Snyder v. Phelps

In Snyder v. Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church picketed on public land one thousand feet from the funeral of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder with signs that read “Fags Doom Nations,” “You’re Going to Hell,” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” Snyder’s father sued under state civil law, including for intentional infliction of emotional distress. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the picketing was protected expression.