Federal appeals court upholds funeral picketing law; Westboro Baptist Church vow
By Paul Hammel
LINCOLN — A federal appeals court has upheld a state law restricting picketing at funerals, ruling that mourners have a right to grieve privately “in a respectful environment … free from unwanted public exploitation.”
The law was enacted in response to picketing of military funerals by the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.
The law bans protests within 500 feet of a funeral service from one hour before the rites begin to two hours afterward.
The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that it wasn’t unreasonable to limit the time and location of picketing because of “vulnerable physical and emotional conditions” of funeral mourners.Iwalani88, nevereVereven, Enthusiast and 11 othersPADemD, beemerphill, twenty, CalGoldenBear, Pastiche, KarenS, HeartoftheMidwest, Mom Cat, Rozinante, Babel 17, Marym625 like this"P.S. please if you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard.": Flowers for Algernon
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