Walkersville Creates Larger Buffer Around Funerals

WALKERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland town is making it harder for groups like the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church to protest at funerals.

The town of Walkersville on Wednesday approved an ordinance that requires demonstrators to stay 1,000 feet away from funerals, burials and memorial services.

Maryland already has a 500-foot law that takes effect Oct. 1, but Walkersville’s buffer is now twice that size.

A lawsuit over Westboro Baptist Church’s protest of a Maryland man’s funeral went to the Supreme Court last year. The high court ruled that the church’s actions were protected by the Constitution.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Gilly-Ann McNamara says:

    About someone remembered the RIGHTS of the victims!!!!!!
    The 500 ft law was okay but the is MUCH better

  2. Gilly-Ann McNamara says:

    Sorry left out a word in my haste. Should have read:
    About time someone remembered the RIGHTS of the victims!!!!!!
    The 500 ft law was okay but this is MUCH better

  3. JackDaniels says:

    THE SUPREME COURT JUDGES ARE JACK-SSES……………….THESE KOO-KOO’S SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED WITHIN 1 MILE OF ANY FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL SERVICE!!!!!!

  4. Kristin says:

    I know courts want to protect our first ammendment rights, but something about a funeral says “Time out. Forget what everyone else thinks their rights are and for this moment think about the deceased and their family and just back off. The funeral is the very last thing this person will ever have. Show respect” Of all places a funeral should never have someone protesting.

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