No protests would be allowed within 500 feet of a funeral under a bill passed unanimously Thursday by the House and sent to the Senate, reportss the News Service of Florida. The bill (HB 31), sponsored by Rep. Pat Rooney, R-Palm Beach Gardens, is a response to the protests that have been held at military funerals around the country by the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. “A funeral is a time meant for family and friends to grieve and remember, it is not a time for a spectacle to be made,” Rooney said in a statement afterward. “For those that are suffering the terrible loss of a loved one, unwarranted harassment some attempt only compounds their grief creating a potential powder keg of emotion and violence.”
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