File photo of Rev. Fred Phelps in Topeka

 
File photo of Rev. Fred Phelps in Topeka
Rev. Fred Phelps (L) of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, protests behind a police officer at the courthouse site of the trial of one of the alleged attackers of gay student Matthew Shepard in this April 5, 1999 file photo. A jury on October 31, 2007 ordered an anti-gay Kansas church to pay $10.9 million in damages to relatives of a U.S. Marine who died in Iraq after church members cheered his death at his funeral. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files (UNITED STATES)