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Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dead at 84

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Fred Phelps, the pastor who led a small Kansas church's vitriolic anti-gay campaign across the United States, has died, the church said on Thursday.

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Phelps, whose Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, won a 2011 freedom-of-speech U.S. Supreme Court decision related to their anti-gay picketing, died on Wednesday in a Kansas hospice at the age of 84.

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