Funeral Protests

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Prolific protesters from a Kansas church wouldn't be welcome at Kentucky funerals under a bill that's been called out of a senate committee.

The legislation itself will be the target of yet another protest by Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka.

Members of that church say they will be in the state capitol next week.

Senators have moved to expedite the bill which would allow police to charge protesters at a funeral with "disorderly conduct."

The Kansas church routinely protests soldiers' funerals across the country.

Members also went to West Virginia to protest at the funerals of dead coal miners last month.

Lawmakers there are proposing similar legislation to prevent such protests.

More than a dozen states are considering legislation to end funeral protests.

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