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February 9, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Anti-gay church to protest at Powell brothers' funeral

The  notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Saturday’s funeral for Charlie and Braden Powell. And Occupy Seattle plans a counterprotest.

According to the News Tribune of Tacoma, Margie Phelps, daughter of the Topeka, Kan.-based church’s founder, tweeted Wednesday night that the church will attend the boys’ memorial service to “remind” Gov. Christine Gregoire “they died because of her rebellion,” a reference to her support of same-sex marriage.

Occupy Seattle responded by calling for a counterprotest. The group’s Facebook page said its members don’t intend to disrupt the funeral, but want to “protect it from Westboro’s abhorrent message,” according to the News Tribune.

Braden Powell, 5, and his brother Charlie Powell, 7,  were killed Sunday in a fire set by their father, Josh Powell, in his Graham-area home during a supervised visit.

The funeral service for the boys is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Life Center Church in Tacoma.

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