Britain bans Fred Phelps, daughter from entering U.K.

The British government has banned Fred Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper from entering the United Kingdom.

The Phelpses, whose anti-gay protests at military members' funerals in the U.S. have prompted lawsuits and legislation, apparently had planned to fly to the United Kingdom to protest a performance of "The Laramie Project."

The play about the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay student who was killed in 1998 in Laramie, Wyo., is scheduled to open today at Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

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