SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A bill authored by a state senator from Torrance to restrict how close protesters can get to funeral services and religious observances passed the California Senate on Wednesday.

The bill SB 888, introduced by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), requires groups to stay 1,000 feet from a burial site, mortuary or place of worship.

Lieu said the legislation was in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in March that said protests by the Westboro Baptist Church are protected free speech.

Members of the Topeka, Kan.-based church group picket funerals, contending God is punishing the military for the
nation’s tolerance of homosexuality.

SB 888 makes it a misdemeanor to protest within the 1,000-foot perimeter for an hour before or after a funeral.

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Comments (2)
  1. bob says:

    Ted Lieu, earth to Ted Lieu: where is the budget? Show me the budget!!! STOP OVER LEGISLATING AND DO SOMETHING WORTH WHILE: PASS A BALANCED BUDGET ON TIME!!!!! No more over legislating until the budget is passed!!!!

  2. Tanya says:

    And people wonder why I’m so openly hostile to the religious folks on here who insist on posting that they’re praying for someone… It’s groups like the Phelps clan that prove that there is too much hipocracy (sp?) out there for anyone who can think on their own to realize that religion is a sham. If religion is so right, why are morons like this out there? If there is a “god” then hiw can any intelligent person argue that 9/11 was part of “god’s” plan? Seriously people, WAKE UP AND THINK FOR YOURSELF! And don’t eat shellfish. Its in that book.

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