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Residence  Topeka, Kansas
Role  Lawyer
Religion  Fundamentalist Baptist
Parents  Fred Phelps

Spouse(s)  Brent Roper
Siblings  Nathan Phelps
Name  Shirley Phelps-Roper
Aunts  Martha Jean Capron
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Full Name  Shirley Lynn Phelps
Born  October 31, 1957 (age 58) (1957-10-31) Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
Relatives  Nathan Phelps (brother)
Children  Megan Phelps-Roper, Noah Phelps-Roper
Grandparents  Fred Wade Phelps, Catherine Idalette Johnston
Similar People  Fred Phelps, Nathan Phelps, Lauren Drain

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Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper (born Shirley Lynn Phelps, October 31, 1957) is an American lawyer and political activist. She is best known as the former spokesperson of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, an organization known for its highly publicized homophobic public protests conducted under the slogan "God Hates Fags."

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Early life

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Shirley Phelps was born October 31, 1957 in Topeka, Kansas. She is the daughter of Margie Marie (Simms) and pastor Fred Phelps, minister of the Westboro Baptist Church, an independent church characterized as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Career

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Phelps-Roper practices law for Phelps-Chartered Co., the Phelps family's law firm established by her father in 1964, and is currently licensed to practice before all Kansas courts up through the United States Supreme Court.

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Besides her father Fred, Shirley Phelps-Roper has been the most active spokesperson of the Westboro Baptist Church and answers many of the e-mails sent to the church in a column called "Dear Shirley."

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Phelps-Roper and the church have received media coverage for the group's aggressive preaching and controversial campaigns such as the picketing the funerals of AIDS victims with signs such as "God hates fags" and funeral processions for American soldiers killed in combat.

In 2014 it was reported that Phelps-Roper's duties as spokesperson for the Westboro Church had been reduced, and her authority transferred to an all-male board of elders.

Legal issues

Phelps-Roper was arrested on June 5, 2007, on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police alleged that she allowed her son to trample an American flag while protesting the funeral of a soldier in Bellevue, Nebraska, which is a misdemeanor in the state. Phelps-Roper announced her intent to challenge the constitutionality of the Nebraska statute. The charges against her were subsequently dropped when she agreed to dismiss pending lawsuits filed against Sarpy County in state and federal court.

Phelps-Roper was a named a defendant in the Supreme Court case Snyder v. Phelps. She is currently on the list of individuals banned from entering the United Kingdom for "fostering extremism or hatred."

Personal life

Phelps-Roper is married to Brent D. Roper and they have 11 children. Four of them, Joshua, Megan, Grace, and Zacharias, have left the church and family. In a 2007 Channel 4 documentary featuring Welsh personality Keith Allen, Phelps-Roper said on camera that her oldest son Samuel was born out of wedlock. When asked if she would go to hell for her actions, Phelps-Roper explained that "I know better" and had "put away" such behavior. According to Kansas City's The Pitch, Phelps-Roper does not deny that (one son), who was later adopted by Brent Roper, was born out of wedlock but declines to identify the father.

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