06/26/2013 02:34 pm ET Updated Jun 26, 2013

Westboro Baptist Church Freaks Over DOMA Ruling, Claims Hell Is Near


As Americans across the country celebrated the Supreme Court's landmark decision to strike down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and essentially nullify California's gay marriage ban known as Proposition 8, a smaller, grumpier and virulently anti-gay group of protesters were decidedly less happy.

The Westboro Baptist Church, known for its strident positions on homosexuality, said "God Almighty's ruling cannot be overruled by man."

Now, WBC members -- who have threatened to protest at funerals for service members, Aurora shooting victims and children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary -- will soon be heading to the Supreme Court, according to vocal member and spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper.

In a string of tweets sent after the Supreme Court's rulings were announced, Phelps-Roper reiterated past claims that same-sex marriage will eventually spell doom for the United States.

She also put much of the blame on America's Christians, who the WBC believes have not spoken out enough against same-sex marriage.

Although the WBC did show up at protests in front of the Supreme Court in March, if the Kansas-based organization's track record is any indication, they may not show up in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 8.

On the other hand, previous WBC protests have spawned a series of heartwarming counter-protests that in some cases have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for equal rights causes.

The WBC was joined in its angst by a series of conservative activists who decried the Supreme Court ruling. The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer even worried that the decisions would quickly lead to "the normalization of polygamy, pedophilia, incest and bestiality."



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