Judge upholds Missouri limit on funeral protests

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - After a five-year delay, a Missouri law barring protests within 300 feet of a funeral is now in effect.

The Missouri law creates a buffer zone around funeral sites from one hour before until one hour after a funeral.

An injunction against enforcing the law had been in effect since January 2009. But Attorney General Chris Koster said Tuesday that the law is now in effect as a result of a federal court ruling a day earlier.

U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. dismissed a claim that the time restriction on protests was unconstitutionally vague.

The lawsuit had been brought by a member of a Kansas-based church that denounces homosexuality and frequently protests at funerals.

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