Published: Oct 06, 2010 5:38 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 06, 2010 2:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON DC - Is free speech a right - even if it's an offensive speech at a soldier's funeral? That's the question before the Supreme Court.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church brought their controversial protest against gays and immorality right to the steps of the Supreme Court.

Inside, the justices heard arguments in a landmark case that will test the protection of free speech. They will decide if the Westboro congregation has a right to protest outside military funerals - using anti-gay signs and chants that many consider offensive.

Church leader Reverend Fred Phelps believes deaths on the battlefield are God's way of punishing the United States for tolerating homosexuality and abortion.