St. Charles bans protests during funerals

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | 7:31 a.m. CST; updated 9:07 a.m. CST, Thursday, March 3, 2011

ST. CHARLES — Despite the likelihood that it will be sued, an eastern Missouri city has voted to ban protests at funerals.

The St. Charles City Council voted Tuesday night to allow protests during visitations and street and highway processions. But protests will be banned within 300 feet of funeral and burial sites between an hour before and an hour after an observance.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the law is similar to one passed by St. Louis County, which is scheduled to take effect Feb. 7.

The county has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union and Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka-based group that protests at military funerals. A federal court hearing was held Tuesday in St. Louis on church members' request for a temporary injunction on the county ordinance.



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Paul Allaire January 19, 2011 | 11:05 a.m.

But does the grave dancer's union have a position on this?

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Paul Allaire January 19, 2011 | 11:06 a.m.

And does the ministry have a position on the grave dancer's union?

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