As home to the Topeka church that has protested 250 military funerals in 42 states with repugnant signs such as "Thank God for IEDs," Kansas surely should have been the first state rather than the 33rd to put legal limits on those hurtful demonstrations. But at least such a limit is now law, with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ Thursday signing ceremony. "It’s unfortunate that this reprehensible practice has been exported to other states," Sebelius said. "It’s time that Kansas join the majority of states insulating families and loved ones from these hateful messages." The law, co-written by freshman state Rep. Raj Goyle, D-Wichita, is a relief for more than grieving military families — the Fred Phelps clan began its funeral protests in 1991, targeting families of those it thought to be homosexual.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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