This ruling also saves me from taking a vacation day, as several of us were planning to go to Warren, OH on Monday to confront these despicable excuses of mankind. To be honest, the ruling most likely saves me from a trip to jail.
I would proudly be arrested for confronting these far right nut jobs!
Having served on a jury on a death penalty case in Judge Nugent's court many years ago, I have the utmost respect for this man. This ruling shows, my feelings were well founded.
Ohio News Now reports:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday upheld significant portions of a state law that limits when and where people may protest at funerals.
The 2006 law was aimed at a small fundamentalist Kansas church whose members picket burials of U.S. troops killed in combat, arguing that the deaths are God's punishment for homosexuals.
The law prohibits protesters from being within 300 feet of a cemetery, funeral home, church or synagogue either one hour before or after a burial service.
The Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, with a member of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., as a plaintiff, had sought a federal restraining order, saying the state cannot pass a law restricting freedom of speech.
But U.S. District Court Judge Donald Nugent in Cleveland said the law upholds a long tradition in American culture of allowing mourners to pay their respects to the deceased without disruption - and gives protesters ample alternatives to express their views. More....
While far from supporting the homosexual agenda, protesting any funeral is disgusting, let alone a soldier who was killed in combat.
This is no better than the left trying to force the homo agenda down our throats. A person, homo or not, has the God given right to be laid to rest in peace.
Is stopping the protests a violation of "Free Speech"? I say on this issue - WHO CARES!