Dan Choi, the Iraq war veteran and West Point graduate who has become the face of the movement to remove the ban, led the midday protest on the opening day of the lame-duck session of Congress to put pressure on the Democrats and the president to jettison the law before January. Choi and others repeatedly shouted "I am somebody! I deserve full equality! Park Police approached each protester with a huge pair of red shears. One by one, the police cut through the handcuffs that attached protesters' feet and wrists to the front gate of the White House. The protesters were bound with plastic ties and carried across the sidewalk to Pennsylvania Avenue where they were arrested and detained.
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Here's CNN's complete coverage of the decision and the church:. Wednesday's big news: Supreme Court rules for anti-gay church over military funeral protests. The man behind Westboro Baptist Church: 'Most-hated,' anti-gay preacher once fought for civil rights. Opinion: Why a hateful church should win at the Supreme Court. Arizona enacts funeral protest legislation. Protests planned for Elizabeth Edwards funeral fizzle. State's ban on military funeral protests ruled unconstitutional.
12 Arrests as LGBTQ Activists Turn Pride March Into Protest
The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday to find a constitutional balance between free speech and privacy in a case involving provocative anti-homosexual protests by a small church at the funeral of a soldier who died in Iraq. Members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church protested outside the court, while inside, one of their members argued they had a right to promote what they called a broad-based message on public matters such as wars. But the lawyer for the fallen Marine's father argued those protests were an invasion of privacy and an intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The NYPD confirmed that 12 people were arrested, with six activists booked on charges of criminal trespassing, five charged with obstructing governmental administration and one charged with disorderly conduct. On Monday, the remaining six with trespassing and obstruction charges were still awaiting arraignment. Across the U.