A Federal appeals court upheld a ban on funeral picketing at funerals. The ruling said that mourners have the right to grieve privately “in a respectful environment … free from unwanted public exploitation.”
This law was enacted in response to the controversial assholes, The Westboro Baptist Church, who love to picket soldiers’ funerals.
The law bans picketing within 500 feet of a funeral from one hour before the rites begin to two hours afterward.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, whose office handled the appeal, cheered the decision:
“This law strikes the appropriate balance between First Amendment free speech rights and the rights of grieving families to bury their loved ones in peace.”
Friday’s ruling upheld a March 2016 decision that upheld the Nebraska Funeral Picketing Law.
The law was passed in 2006 and amended in 2011. It was passed in response to the outrage over the Westboro Baptist Church picketing soldiers’ funerals with signs saying things like “Soldiers Die 4 Fag Marriage.”
Of course, these assholes have vowed to appeal the case all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary.
Margie Phelps, a church member and the attorney who filed the case, said a Supreme Court ruling was needed to:
“… put some restraints on out-of-control legislators who think they can silence words they swore to protect.”
The church argued that the law was selectively enforced against them and not against a motorcycle club that provided escort to the funeral goers.
But, the motorcycle gang wasn’t protesting… That’s not the same thing. Dumbasses!
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