Hateful anti-gay protests by late pastor's Kansas church may have helped gay-rights cause

  • by: DAVID CRARY , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 21, 2014 - 9:20 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. — Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring — often at military funerals — that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality.

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