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Governor Signs Bill to Keep Demonstrators From Funeral Services

Governor Signs Bill to Keep Demonstrators From Funeral Services

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(KSL News) Protesters can no longer demonstrate at funeral or memorial services in Utah.

In response to nationwide protests at services for soldiers killed in Iraq, Governor Huntsman signed a bill that prohibits protests within 200 feet an hour before or after a funeral or memorial service.

Anyone violating the ban will be guilty of a class B misdemeanor, with a maximum fine of $1,000 and six months in jail.

Proponents say they were outraged by the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas that claimed God was punishing U.S. soldiers in Iraq for defending a nation that tolerates homosexuality.

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