Penalties for funeral protest OK'd by Miss. House

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are advancing a bill that would set penalties for protesting at funerals in the state.

The bill passed the House 115-3 on Thursday and moves to the Senate for more work.

Penalties would be one year in prison and a $5,000 fine for intentionally disrupting a funeral.

House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Willie Bailey says he’s disgusted by a Kansas group that’s been protesting for years at military funerals around the nation. Westboro Baptist Church members hold signs blaming U.S. military deaths on the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality

Bailey says funerals are no place to push political agendas.

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The bill is House Bill 1215.