Lawmakers plan to ban Westboro Baptist Church from picketing Tucson funerals
POSTED: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 3:10am
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 10:18am
PHOENIX - According to the Associated Press--
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed into law emergency legislation to head off picketing by a Topeka, Kansas church near the funeral service for a 9-year-old girl who was killed during Saturday's shooting in Tucson.
Unanimous votes by the House and Senate on Tuesday sent the bill to Brewer. It took effect immediately with her signature Tuesday night.
The new law prohibits protests within 300 feet of a funeral or burial service.
The Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Thursday's funeral for Christina Taylor Green. The fundamentalist church has picketed many military funerals to draw attention to its view that the deaths are God's punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.