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Church Cancels Yakima Memorial Protest Plans

YAKIMA, Wash. - A controversial Kansas church group has cancelled its plans to protest at the memorial service of a fallen Yakima soldier.

A spokesperson for the Westboro Baptist Church says there are too many funerals for soldiers happening in other areas of the country for them to attend all of them. She says they will instead protest at funerals in Pennsylvania and two other states yet to be determined.

She also says that the new law prohibiting protests had nothing to do with their decision to cancel plans.

Other groups had also planned to show up with counter protests to the church's anti-homosexual message.

The memorial service for Alan Johnson is planned for 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Yakima Readiness Center.

The Kansas group previously protested in Yakima at the 2005 funeral of Sgt. Lawerence Morrison.