New Missouri Law Bars Protests Near Funerals

1 decade 2 years 1 month ago Wednesday, April 05 2006 Apr 5, 2006 Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:06:41 PM CDT April 05, 2006 in News
A bill signed today bans picketing and protests "in front of or about" any church, cemetery or funeral home from one hour before until one hour after a service. More than a dozen states are studying similar bans in response to protests at military funerals by a Kansas church group. The group says American soldiers die in Iraq and elsewhere because of divine anger at the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons signed the bill today because Gov. Blunt and Lieutenant Gov. Peter Kinder were both out of state. Shirley Phelps-Roper is an attorney and member of the Kansas church. She promises a lawsuit if Missouri's new ban keeps the group from "causing America to know her abominations."

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