Judge upholds Missouri limit on funeral protests
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ After a five-year delay, a Missouri law barring protests within 300 feet of a funeral is now in effect.
The Missouri law creates a buffer zone around funeral sites from one hour before until one hour after a funeral.
An injunction against enforcing the law had been in effect since January 2009. But Attorney General Chris Koster said Tuesday that the law is now in effect as a result of a federal court ruling a day earlier.
U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. dismissed a claim that the time restriction on protests was unconstitutionally vague.
The lawsuit had been brought by a member of a Kansas-based church that denounces homosexuality and frequently protests at funerals.