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.

melanie arena December 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I agree! All they want is attention. Again, everyone is created equal until they don't follow someone else's beliefs- then they are condemned.
Winsome Eu December 19, 2012 at 05:54 PM
This is not news. Do you report on what the schizophrenic guy on the street said today? Same thing.
Karen Bradley Ehler December 19, 2012 at 09:11 PM
A peaceful counter protest to the presence of the WBC is planned in order to drown out the hate and support those going to the courthouse on Jan 2. We will make LOVE LOUDER than hate. For more info, to join, and be informed, go to the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/134205716736270/permalink/134979273325581/?notif_t=like
chad brod May 30, 2013 at 08:27 PM
I agree to a certain extent. But lets give them the benefit of the doubt? http://www.firstorlando.com
David February 25, 2014 at 08:54 PM
Guess what Baptist Westborites? Marriage Equality WON at the ballot box, and had been The Law since January 1, 2013. The sun still rises in the mornings. Birds still sing. Lasagna still tastes great. Old Glory still waves proudly atop the flagpole while The Stars and Stripes Forever still sound glorious. No stars fell off the heavens & life goes on. Children still play in playgrounds, kittens still like their milk & puppy dogs still wag their tails! And marriage equality did not cause the end of the world! Guess you were wrong ONCE AGAIN!


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