This sickens me. Did you read about the ruling by Justice Alito and his thoughts? Here is some of it...
Justice Alito didn't write the ruling in this decision, he wrote the dissent. Chief Justice Roberts wrote the ruling.
I've been trying to find somewhere his complete write up, but can't find it now. I've been listening to quite a bit of it.
The Supreme Court's website has a list of its most recent decisions. The case you're looking for is Snyder v. Phelps
. Alito's dissent comes after the Court's opinion, on page 23.
It seems if people protesting at abortion clinics have to x distance away, why can't they have something similar at this sort or private moment?
Whether they had to or not, the protesters of Westboro Baptist Church did keep an appropriate distance from the funeral, according to the Court's summary of the facts.
On pages 2--3 of the Supreme Court's Snyder v. Phelps decision, Chief Justice Roberts wrote:
The picketing took place within a 10- by 25-foot plot of public land adjacent to a public street, behind a temporary fence. That plot was approximately 1,000 feet from the church where the funeral was held. Several buildings separated the picket site from the church. The Westboro picketers displayed their signs for about 30 minutes before the funeral began and sang hymns and recited Bible verses. None of the picketers entered church property or went to the cemetery. They did not yell or use profanity, and there was no violence associated with the picketing.
The funeral procession passed within 200 to 300 feet of the picket site. Although Snyder testified that he could see the tops of the picket signs as he drove to the funeral, he did not see what was written on the signs until later that night, while watching a news broadcast covering the event. [citation omitted---T.]
Assuming the Court got these facts right, I have no problem with its decision.