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Westboro protesters defeat Iowa flag law

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) - On Wednesday, Dec. 3, Federal Judge Pratt struck down two Iowa laws that prohibit citizens from mistreating the American flag.

The issue stemmed from a case involving Westboro Baptist Church protesters believing they were limited in their free speech.

The event occurred in Red Oak, Iowa when police told protesters that they would enforce Iowa's flag desecration and misuse statutes against them. 

Westboro protesters felt the statute limited their desired expressive use of the flag by not being able to drag the flag on the ground and hang it over their body.

No protesters were arrested in the demonstrations, but they felt under threat of arrest in which limited their expressive rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa backed the protesters and helped challenge the law.
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