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THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING Legislature to consider bill to limit protests at funerals February 9, 2007 AUGUSTA, Maine --Legislators will be asked to decide whether Maine will be the latest state to limit demonstrations at funerals. A number of states have taken action after homophobic demonstrations by the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church. The church preaches that U.S. soldiers are being killed in Iraq because of the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. The bill sponsored by Sen. David Hastings, R-Fryeburg, would make it a crime to demonstrate, leaflet or protest within 1,000 feet of a funeral. The measure would apply for two hours before and after a funeral, and it would apply to all funerals, not just those of soldiers, Hastings said. "There will be plenty of time for the politics to play out without intruding into the funeral itself," Hastings said. "I'm looking at this as human decency that does not unreasonably infringe on anybody's freedom of speech." Last March, the church threatened to demonstrate at the funeral of Army Sgt. Corey Dan, 22, of
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POL 1013 taught by Professor Dr.j.philiprogers during the Spring '05 term at The University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio.

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