Missouri Bill to Protect Funerals from Protests Goes to Senate

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 04/16 2014 06:09PM

Updated 04/16 2014 07:55PM

MISSOURI--- A bill designed to protect Missouri funerals from protests has passed its first hurdle. State representatives have passed House Bill 1372. The measure would ban protesters within 300 feet of a funeral service. It's similar to an earlier funeral protest law, which was struck down by the Supreme Court as being too vague. Supporters say this version should stand up to legal challenge since it defines a specific area.

"Of course, this is aimed primarily at Westboro Baptist Church that protests the funerals of our service members when they pass away, or in the case of Hailey Owens of Springfield," said Representative Charlie Davis, Missouri District 162. 

HB 1372 is currently under consideration in the Missouri Senate.

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