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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 06/22/2010

Warner, Webb back family over protests

By Washington Post editors

Virginia senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb have signed a friend of the court brief expressing support for the family of a fallen Marine who sued a Kansas City church for protesting at the Marine's military funeral, reporter Rosalind Helderman tells us at the Virginia Politics blog.

The Westboro Baptist Church protests at military funerals, claiming combat deaths are America's punishment for tolerating homosexuality. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli declined to sign an amicus brief on behalf of the family, making Virginia one of only two states not to do so. Cuccinelli said he was concerned about the free speech implications of allowing the family to sue the church citing emotional distress over the protest.

After Cuccinelli took some heat for not signing on, it emerged that Warner and Webb had likewise not signed a brief expressing support for the family's lawsuit, a fact first reported by the Tertium Quids blog. Both Virginia senators' offices quickly refuted the idea that they had intentionally sided with Cuccinelli, indicating that, essentially, the brief had just gotten lost in the shuffle as Congress headed to a holiday recess.

Visit the Virginia Politics blog for more details.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 11:36 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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