Flanked by National Guard soldiers and surrounded by veterans of all ages, Governor Fletcher signed legislation today that will distance protesters from military funerals.
The measure is aimed at members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, who have been holding demonstrations at funerals for soldiers killed in Iraq.
They have shown up at dozens of funerals for soldiers, claiming the deaths are a sign that God is punishing America for tolerating homosexuality.
Kentucky is now one of five states that have enacted laws, though a number of others are considering legislation.
Kentucky's Adjutant General Donald Storm requested the bill be named for Staff Sergeant Brock Beery who died in Iraq last week.
He will be buried in Bowling Green and will be the first soldier protected by the new law.