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Goddard will join military funeral protest suit

Attorney General Terry Goddard announced June 1 that Arizona will join a multi-state lawsuit against a controversial church that became infamous for protesting soldiers’ funerals.

Goddard said he would file a brief in Snyder v. Phelps, a lawsuit filed by the family of a slain Marine whose funeral was protested by the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church. The church, which believes the deaths of U.S. military personnel is God’s retribution for the country’s toleration of homosexuality, has protested at the funerals of more than 200 soldiers.

“I am very proud to be joining in this national effort supporting these principles. And (I) call on our Legislature to enact a law that protects the privacy that our military families deserve at a time of grief,” Goddard said in a press release.

Gov. Jan Brewer in May called on Goddard to join the suit, saying her office had received numerous such requests.

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