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Quinn Signs Law Giving Families A Chance To Mourn In Peace At Funerals

Governor Quinn says everyone has the right to free speech, but when it comes to funeral, he says protestors will have to heckle from afar.

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The law is designed to keep members from the Westboro Baptist Church and other groups from heckling at funerals. Quinn says families and friends of the deceased deserve a chance to mourn in private. The law requires protestors to stay at least 300 feet away from the funeral entrance. It also creates a privacy zone, meaning the families must be able to mourn in peace at least 30 minutes before and after the service.

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