Gov. Jan Brewer asked Attorney General Terry Goddard to join a lawsuit against a Kansas church that became infamous for protesting at military funerals.
In a May 14 letter to Goddard, Brewer said she has received numerous requests for Arizona to join the State of Kansas’s lawsuit against the Westboro Baptist Church. The group believes that the soldiers’ deaths are divine retribution for the United States’ toleration of homosexuality.
The lawsuit, Snyder v. Phelps, is on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. A federal judge originally ruled that the Westboro Baptist Church was liable for $10.9 million in damages to the family of a Marine whose funeral it protested, but that ruling was reversed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“There must be a remedy for the families who are the target of this unconscionable act of disrespect. I urge the attorney general to join this effort to support our military families without delay,” Brewer wrote.
The deadline for joining the lawsuit is June 1.