A federal appeals court will take reconsider whether a Missouri town can enforce an ordinance banning peaceful funeral protests.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the entire 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis agreed Wednesday to review an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel of the court.
The panel ruled in October that the First Amendment's right to free speech protects peaceful funeral protests.
A federal appeals court has ruled against a Missouri town's funeral protest ordinance, saying peaceful picketing is protected by the right to free speech under the First Amendment.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a district court ruling in favor of members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.
The Missouri House has passed legislation to limit where and when funeral protesters can demonstrate.
The action comes despite this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out a lawsuit against a fundamentalist church that holds protests at military funerals.
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