Westboro Baptist Church to Picket in Annapolis Jan. 2
The controversial church plans to protest the first day of same sex marriage at the Anne Arundel Circuit Court.
UPDATE: (10:50 a.m.)—The controversial Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to protest outside of the Anne Arundel Circuit Court on Jan 2.—the first day same-sex couples will be able to wed there.
"On that day the court starts committing that abomination that brings the shooter like it did in Connecticut," said Shirley Phelps-Roper, the daughter of the church's founder Fred Phelps. "It isn’t like this is Maryland’s first flip off of God. Maryland has the distinction of being the state that put Westboro Baptist Church on trial."
Maryland voters upheld a law legalizing gay marriage on Nov. 6, and couples began obtaining licenses on Dec. 6—the day Gov. Martin O'Malley certified November's elections results.
The law takes effect Jan. 1, but Maryland courthouses will be closed for New Year's Day. The first day same-sex couples can marry in state courts will be Jan. 2.
The church and its members have made headlines for years by picketing the funerals of soldiers, according to the Huffington Post.
Phelps-Roper also made headlines this weekend when she claimed via Twitter that Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, was sent by God.
A point she reiterated to Annapolis Patch, saying "God keeps sending the shooter."
Jonathan Phelps, the son of the church's founder Fred Phelps, told radio host David Pakman in October that he "absolutely" supported having a law that would sentence homosexuals to death.
The group will be outside the court on Church Circle from 8-9 a.m. before moving on to the Baltimore County Circuit Court where they also plan to picket from 10-10:45 a.m.