By James F. Tierney
Last week the family of a U.S. marine who died in Iraq won a $10.9 million award against members of the Westboro Baptist Church for picketing outside the soldier’s funeral, bearing signs reading “God Hates Fags.” (They “argue” that U.S. servicemen and women are dying in Iraq because God is punishing the U.S. for its tolerance of gay people.) Law professor Eugene Volokh makes a convincing argument that the verdict is unconstitutional. The case is now expected to go to the Fourth Circuit, which will consider whether the award will be overturned. We’ll keep an eye on this one.
(Update, Nov. 12, 2007: this post has been edited from the original.)