The wingnut Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas — known for its insane, even incomprehensible style of warfare against gays — finally showed up in Connecticut to protest the Nutmeg State allowing gay marriage. Not that their protest was big or notable, but I’ve been waiting for this ever since the state Supreme Court handed down its decision in Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health in October of last year. The Hartford Courant reports on this anemic event:

Three relatives of a controversial anti-gay pastor from Kansas came to Connecticut today to protest the state Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage here.

“We travel out in teams like this at least weekly,” said Ben Phelps, 33, grandson of Rev. Fred Phelps, pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. He was joined on Capitol Avenue in Hartford by Fred Phelps’ daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, 51, and her son, Zach, 18.

So this “protest” featured just three of the Phelps clan, and did not even include patriarch and preacher-in-chief Fred Phelps. But their opponents took it seriously nonetheless, as did police:

The Hartford protest, which lasted less than 30 minutes, drew about a half-dozen counter-protesters and at least 10 law enforcement officials from several different departments.

Sending close to a dozen police to watch over a “protest” with only 3 protesters and 6 counter-protesters may seem excessive, but the Westboro folks have a poor reputation (albeit an earned one) which Connecticut law has already dealt, as the Courant goes on to say:

In the past, the group, which believes that the end of days forecast in the Bible is near, has shown up at military funerals, contending that service men and women were killed as punishment for the nation’s acceptance of homosexuality.

The Connecticut legislature passed a law in 2007 prohibiting pickets at funerals, largely in response to the church’s tactics.

As with megapastor Rick Warren and his repeated drivel, I have to wonder when clear-thinking Christians find some way to deal with the Westboro church and the Phelps clan. But I know they never will.

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