Funeral Protest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Opelika woman is fighting to see that an anti-gay activist cannot interfere with a local soldier's funeral this weekend.

The Reverend Fred Phelps is planning to protest the funeral of Sgt. Christopher Taylor in Opelika, Saturday.

To show her support for Taylor, Deanna Kelly says she is organizing a tribute. She plans to place flag-waving supporters along the roadway when the Taylor's funeral procession passes. Kelly was inspired to take action against Phelps by her husband, who recently returned from Iraq.

Phelps is well known for targeting funerals of soldiers in his anti-gay protests. He claims that by allowing gays in the military the government is letting them to take over his country.

Kelly says supporters of Taylor should be on the Fox Run Parkway in Opelika at about 2 p.m., Saturday.

She also says that she wants it to be a day of tribute, not protest.


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