St. Charles ban on funeral protesters still stands
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A St. Charles County ordinance to restrict protesters at military funerals stands as the ACLU argued against the ordinance in court Friday.
The American Civil Liberties Union wants the court to halt implementation of an ordinance that it says is an infringement on free speech and unconstitutional .
Starting January 3rd in St. Charles County, no one would be allowed to protest within 300 feet of a funeral service or cemetery for an hour before or after a service.
“We’re not saying people can’t protest funerals,” councilman Joe Brazil said during the meeting last month. “We’re just saying that families have a right to privacy.”
An attorney for St. Charles county says the ordinance strikes a fair balance between free speech and funeral privacy rights.
The judge denied the ACLU’s request for a temporary restraining order, but scheduled a hearing for next week on a motion for a preliminary injunction that could also stop the law from taking effect.
A similar law enacted in Nebraska has survived court challenges so far.
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