Federal Judge Upholds Missouri law on Protesting Funerals

Westboro Church Members Protesting

Westboro Church Members Protesting

Attorney general Chris Koster was pleased with a federal judge’s decision to uphold a Missouri law requiring all protestors of funerals to stay at least a football-field length from any funeral procession. This decision comes after an 8 year court battle brought up by Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist church against the state law prohibiting them from protesting within 300 feet. Koster said in a written statement “No parent who has lost a child should be confronted by the hate and intolerance of strangers, and the ruling means parents and other loved ones will have a protective boundary from protesters.” The current law sets a penalty for protesters up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine for first offense with a $1,000 fine and up to 1 year in jail additional offenses.

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