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Missouri's governor Matt Blunt has signed into law a measure that limits protests at funerals. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Last summer, more than a dozen people shouted obscenities outside the funeral of Army Specialist Edward Myers who died in Iraq...That prompted state lawmakers to act.
Myers' widow Imojean says she's pleased Missouri now has a law, named for her late husband, that bans funeral protests from one hour before the service until one hour after it ends.
She spoke to reporters in the governor's office after the bill signing ceremony.
Imojean says, "Other families out there, you know, first off shouldn't have to go through this. I mean, you're dealing with the loss of a loved one. The last thing on your mind should have to be, you know, how do you get away from these people."
While Governor Matt Blunt signed the bill inside the capitol building, some of the protesters from the funeral stood outside the capitol...Steve Drain was among the group protesting the bill signing.
Steve Drain says, "God hates the filthy US military and the filthy, laden-with-iniquity legislature of the state of Missouri for framing mischief by a law. You don't like what we say, so you want to shut us up!"
The bill cleared the legislature with overwhelming support though a few lawmakers say they're concerned the bill tramples free speech rights.
More than a dozen states are considering similar funeral protest restrictions.