High court protester has history of disrupting public events

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Posted: Apr 28, 2015 5:24 PM
High court protester has history of disrupting public events

WASHINGTON (AP) — The protester who interrupted the Supreme Court's historic argument over gay marriage is an anti-abortion activist with a history of disrupting public events.

Rives Miller Grogan was arrested Tuesday after he began yelling in the courtroom that supporters of gay marriage "will burn in hell."

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said he was charged with making a "harangue" or using loud or threatening language in court and demonstrating with the intent of interfering with the administration of justice.

Grogan made headlines in 2013 when he climbed a tree near the U.S. Capitol and shouted during President Barack Obama's inaugural address. He was convicted on misdemeanor charges and ordered to stay away from the U.S. Capitol grounds.

He's been convicted at least five times since 2009 of disorderly conduct and similar charges.