The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps does not have the First Amendment right to have his monument against Matthew Shepard – and more precisely against being gay – displayed on government property, reports the Casper Star-Tribune.

The Westboro Baptist Church pastor wanted his anti-gay monument to be included in a Casper, Wyoming park that included several statues of historical significance, including a Ten Commandments statue donated by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

Phelp's monument stated: “Matthew Shepard Entered Hell October 12, 1998, in Defiance of God's Warning 'thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination.' Leviticus 18:22.”

The Casper City Council rejected the statue in 2003 and again in 2007. Phelps argued it was his First Amendment right to have his monument included.

Fred Phelps and his daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, were recently banned from entry into Great Britain to picket a Queen Mary's College production of the Laramie Project, a play based on the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten, shackled to a post and left to die in a field by two men he had met in a gay bar. He was found comatose, but died five days later.

The murder sparked outrage in the gay and lesbian community and calls for federal hate crimes legislation. The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act might become law this year, ten years after his death.

The Supreme Court unanimously agreed Wednesday that governments do not need to accept all the monuments they are offered. The decision came from a Pleasant Grove, Utah case.