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Mon October 10, 2011
Lawmakers take another stab at funeral protest law
About a month after a federal judge struck down a Michigan law banning protests at funerals, state lawmakers are taking another go at the issue.
“We need this protection," said state Representative Bruce Rendon. "And yet everybody does have the freedom of speech in this country and that’s one of the greatest things about America – is we all have the right to express ourselves. But now we’ve defined what we can do within that.”
Legislation before a state Senate panel would specify what protest behaviors would be unlawful. Its aim is to keep protestors from the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church from disrupting funerals in the state. The group has taken its anti-gay protests to military funerals nationwide.