funeral protests

Protest law
12:57 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Court Upholds Version Of Mo. Funeral Protest Law

A federal appeals court has ruled that with changes, Missouri's ban on protests at funerals does not violate the Westboro Baptist Church's right to free speech.
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A federal appeals court has ruled that with some changes, a version of a Missouri law restricting protests near funerals does not violate a Kansas-based group's right to free speech.

Here's the quick version of today's ruling:

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St. Louis County
11:55 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Ballwin Adopts Limits On Funeral Protests

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Another Missouri town has adopted an ordinance placing limits on funeral protests. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that aldermen in Ballwin on Monday approved a law prohibiting picketing or engaging in other protest activities within 300 feet of a funeral or burial service. Manchester, Clayton and several other cities have adopted similar ordinances in recent months.

The laws are in response to groups like Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., which often protests at the funerals of soldiers.

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