MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Anti-gay protestors picketed Sunday church services at seven of the Milwaukee area’s largest congregations.
But no incidents were reported during the demonstrations by members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas.
Parishioners at the Oak Creek Assembly of God Church were urged in advance not to speak with the protestors. And church member Linda Leighton said about 20 demonstrators just stood with their picket signs and didn’t do anything.
The church honored veterans during a “Celebrate Freedom” service. Kayla Espinoza of the National Guard’s 457th Chemical Company said she and other church members were upset over the way Westboro demonstrators had protested at military funerals and desecrated the American flag.
She said, “It hurts to know there are people who are against us fighting for their right to do that.” And had she not been in uniform during the service, Espinoza said it would have been hard to keep her composure.
The funeral protests resulted in a state law a few years ago, banning picketers within easy eye-shot of all funerals and public visitations.