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(CNN) – More than 250,000 people want a Kansas-based church, known for its pickets at soldiers’ funerals, to be labeled a “hate group”.

As of Thursday morning, 263,000 people have signed an online petition on the White House website.

It asks the Obama administration to recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

The petition says the church has targeted homosexuals, the military and other religions.

The 250,000 signatures makes it the most supported single petition ever on the White House site.

The church is primarily made up of members of one family.