Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto filed a bill last week aimed at preventing protests that would disrupt funerals, burials or memorial services. Benacquisto’s proposal (SB 118) would apply to services for members of the military, emergency-response workers, elected officials or minors. People who violate the law could be charged with first-degree misdemeanors.
Earlier this month, Rep. Patrick Rooney filed a similar measure (HB 15), though it would not be limited to services for members of the military, emergency-response workers, elected officials or minors. The issue has surfaced in recent years, largely because a small Kansas church has staged funeral protests to draw attention to its anti-gay views.
Via The News Service of Florida.