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Supreme Court leaves in place Nebraska funeral protest law

Supreme Court leaves in place Nebraska funeral protest law

The Supreme Court is leaving in place a Nebraska law that
bars protests around funerals.

Nebraska enacted the law in 2006. It prohibits protests near a cemetery, mortuary or church from one hour before the beginning of a funeral to two hours after.

Members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church challenged the law but have lost in lower courts. Members of the church routinely conduct anti-gay protests outside military funerals. The protests have been a way of drawing attention to their incendiary view that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are
God’

s punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality.
The Supreme Court said Monday it would not take up the church’s challenge to Nebraska’s law.

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