facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

ACLU to challenge county ban on protests

Nov. 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM   |   Comments

ST. CHARLES, Mo., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The American Civil Liberties Union says it will challenge a Missouri county's ordinance banning the funeral protests of a controversial Kansas church.

The St. Charles County council adopted the ordinance unanimously Monday night, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. County officials modeled the law on one in Nebraska that has so far been upheld by the courts but is still being litigated.

Tony Rothert of the ACLU said the group must litigate the St. Charles ordinance as well,

Both laws are aimed at the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. The church, with a congregation that consists mostly of its pastor, Fred Phelps, and his family, pickets the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, proclaiming their deaths are God's judgment because the United States tolerates homosexuality.

The county ordinance bans protests and picketing at cemeteries from an hour before to an hour after funerals.

A federal judge in June refused to grant the ACLU and the church a preliminary injunction against the Nebraska law. He described relatives at a funeral as a "captive audience" for the protests.

County officials say a Missouri law declared unconstitutional this year banned protests on public streets as well as in cemeteries.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
China questions Americanism in SATs
2
Dairy Queen hit by Backoff malware breach
3
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop
4
St. Paul police arrest a black man for sitting on a bench waiting for his children
5
'Old Ironsides' sails across Boston Harbor before 3-year-rehab
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback