Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs bill limiting funeral protests
A shrine to the victims of a shooting rampage Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, grows larger Tuesday.
January 11th, 2011
09:15 PM ET

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs bill limiting funeral protests

[Updated at 9:15 p.m. ET] Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed emergency legislation Tuesday night setting limitations on protests at funerals. The bill is aimed at the Westboro Baptist Church, which plans to picket the funerals of those who died in Saturday's shootings.

[Posted at 5:50 p.m. ET] The Arizona Legislature unanimously has passed a bill meant to stop church from protesting at funerals of Tucson shooting victims.

The vote was 29-0 in the state Senate and 58-0 in the state House. A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer earlier told CNN that she was prepared to sign the bill.

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  1. David Bruyette

    I am a CATHOLIC ! St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Wilmington Island, GEORGIA. My message to the "POLITICISTS" in Topeka, Kansas. " let he who is without sin cast the first stone". We as Catholics put LOVE first. Our highest ideal is to strive for this in our daily lives. We believe in freedom of religion. What this means to me is the freedom to practice my religion (sacraments) in peace. I ask Saint Andre of Montreal with all my heart for the WALL OF LOVE AND HUMILITY to be with my loved brothers and sisters in Tucson in the coming days. The power of love is calling you +

    January 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Voice of God

    If we have such disdain for the WBC and their lack of compasion for the human race why have we not given it thought to peacefully protest them. What could they do if a few thousand people showed up at each of these funerals and surrounded the jate mongers and drowned them out by signing gospel songs. It would cost nothing to do and what better way to show the world that God does exist? Jesus would be proud of a peaceful protest.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MM

    It's people like these so called church people who fuel hate in people like this crazed killer. They should be held accountable for what they instigate. You know like an accessory to a crime.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pyro2280

    I dont think those silly b@stards understand how Arizonans will respond to their protesting of funerals. They may want to rethink that idea.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J Miller

    let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast

    January 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • runs with acid

      very well, my ex wife's number is....OH THAT BEAST...
      I don't know Sarah Palin's number so check the white pages

      January 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Swamp People

    Aw just send those Westboro folks to us Swamp Dudes in Louisiana. I promise y'all will never hear from them again. Our gators can use some B.S. for lunch.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J Miller

    The voice of God has a good point.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. J Miller

    Swamp People have a better point. Erase the problem all together and feed the gators! Go Green.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe Swanson

    This just in.... ACLU files suit to have an injunction issued against the law being enforced.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank

    So the city decides to bury a poor transient with no money or family, in paupers row. And the Govt. is putting a limit on protests at this mans place of enternment?...insane. .

    January 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. meee

    Hire hells angels for private security

    January 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • trex

      CHAINS OPTIONAL?

      January 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jefffbo

    Good for AZ.... !! And go Arizona !

    January 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Liz In dc

    God have mercy upon our country , our land, Our nation and our people in times like these.amen

    January 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TrackDog

    Lets see if the ACLU has the ba[[s to come to the aid of the Westburo Church to defend their right to free speech.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Williams

      ACLU only defends those who want to protest against the military.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mr. Nick

    Wait! I totally agree these nut cakes should not be allowed to instigate and rub salt on wounds at any funeral. So why is this law enacted now? These wacko's have be tormenting military families for sometime now. Are not the military members who gave thier lives for this country most deserving of this law also? When it is done at a military funeral it is called free speech. Are they not worthy on the same protection? What a double standard. Politicians need to think about all of us not just themselves.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
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