Missouri's Funeral Protest Ban Declared Unconstitutional
MISSOURI - A federal judge says Missouri's ban on funeral protests is unconstitutional. The ban took effect in 2006.
The original ban had two parts. The first, protests were barred for an hour before and after a funeral. The second, any protestor had to stay back at least 300 feet. U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan's decision revokes this law.
The ban aimed to stop protestors such as the Westboro Church. It's members often picket outside the funerals of soldiers killed in the Iraq war. A chruch leader filed a lawsuit challenging the law. The federal judge says the law infringes on free speech rights.