A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a Nebraska law that prohibits picketing within feet of funerals, saying it did not violate the free speech rights of the Westboro Baptist Church, whose members condemn homosexuality. The 8th U. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law struck an appropriate balance between the rights of law-abiding people to speak, and the privacy right of mourners to grieve without intrusions. Westboro members often protest at military funerals, and the Topeka, Kansas-based church has drawn attention for appearing at funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
US court allows Westboro Baptist's anti-gay funeral pickets to go on
US court allows Westboro Baptist's anti-gay funeral pickets to go on | World news | The Guardian
Burying Funeral Protests What does the law say? By Eugene Volokh F red Phelps has pioneered the charming practice of protesting people's funerals. It began with picketing funerals of gays while carrying signs saying things like "God Hates Fags. There is a move afoot in some cities and states to ban this practice; most recently, the Minnesota senate and house of representatives have enacted such a law, though some differences in the versions remain to be ironed out. Wisconsin enacted such a law late last month.
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I heard that a certain church will be picketing the funerals of the college shooting victims. Is that even legal to picket someone's funeral? It seems to me like a funeral is a private family afair and unless given permission outsiders would not be allowed to interfere.
In a case pitting free-speech versus privacy rights, the nation's high court held that the protest messages and picketing at a private funeral were protected by the US Constitution's First Amendment. The court's ruling was a defeat for Albert Snyder, the father of a Marine killed in Iraq in Westboro Pastor Fred Phelps and other church members have protested at hundreds of funerals of military members killed in Iraq or Afghanistan as part of their religious view that God is punishing America for its tolerance of gays and lesbians. Church plans first UK picket.