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"An anti-gay protest outside the state Capitol on Thursday afternoon by members of a controversial Kansas church drew jeers, tears and confrontations from counter-demonstrators.
About 30 members of the Westboro Baptist Church, founded in Topeka by the Rev. Fred Phelps, stood on the sidewalk along Broadway, holding signs that said "USA = Fag Nation" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."
The demonstrators, mostly relatives of Phelps, went to the Capitol to oppose proposed legislation inspired by their latest protest target - funerals of American troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The group believes God is punishing the country - and causing the deaths of soldiers and Marines - because it condones homosexuality.
Margie Phelps sang, shouted and led chants, referring to the bombs, known as IEDs, that claim American lives in Iraq.
"Give me an I," she yelled.
"Give me an E."
"Give me a D."
"What does it spell?"
"Dead soldiers!" shouted the protesters.
Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy Palmer, 22, of Commerce City, couldn't take it any longer as he listened to the Westboro members sing their own lyrics to the tune of the Marine Corps anthem.
He stood within a foot of the singers, waved a Marine flag and yelled the correct last line to the song.
"We fight for people like you," he yelled at them."
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