CA Governor Brown OKs ban on protests near funerals

  • metta

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    Sep 18, 2012 4:05 PM GMT

    Brown OKs ban on protests near funerals

    "Brown vetoed similar legislation last year because the U.S. Supreme Court said protesters were protected by the 1st Amendment. Lieu reintroduced the proposal, SB 661, this year with a buffer zone of 300 feet instead of 1,000, which mirrored limits enacted by President Obama in August."

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-brown-bills-20120918,0,6678867.story
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    Sep 18, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    300 feet isn't very far away, but it's a step in the right direction.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 18, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    This is great news. I hope it's not something that the Supreme Court would eventually rule as unconstitutional. Seems to me that the people in the funeral have rights to be protected as well, and the dead deserve to be buried with dignity.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 18, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    Lets hope that the US Supreme Court upholds this restriction on loud protestors at funerals. These right wing lunatics need to be kept back a comfortable distance. After all the family and friends of the deceased have constitutional rights to be left alone in their times of grieving. Is that asking too muchicon_question.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    A government allowing protest at funerals is as stupidly wrong as government intrusion into bedrooms. Since we are not permitted to bury our dead in our backyards, government ought to be charged with protecting such necessarily, publicly intimate ceremony.

    It would be like nabbing bathroom widestancing toe tappers without sanctifying legitimate relationships by legalizing marriage. If you are going to force an intimacy into the open then you need to protect it.