Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 15, 2011
Sen. Josh Brecheen
Sen. Brecheen Wins Approval for Bill Strengthening Oklahoma’s
Funeral Picketing Law
State Sen. Josh Brecheen has won committee approval for legislation
aimed at better shielding mourners of fallen soldiers from protestors.
Senate Bill 406 was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary
Committee on Tuesday.
Current law bans protestors from picketing funerals for an hour
before and after the service. They’re also prohibited from
picketing any closer than 500 feet of where the funeral is being
held. Brecheen’s legislation increases the moratorium on picketing
to two hours before or after a service and increases the distance
to 1000 feet.
“I was contacted by constituents after protestors showed up
at an Oklahoma military funeral last year,” said Brecheen,
R-Coalgate. “By doubling the time prohibiting picketing, as
well as the distance, we can better protect those individuals who
are already in a state of emotional distress. Oklahomans should
be allowed to mourn our fallen heroes in dignity.”
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church have protested at several
military funerals throughout the country, including the funeral
of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey of McAlester last November. The
Kansas group claims the deaths of soldiers are God’s punishment
for America’s tolerance of homosexuality.
SB 406 now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Brecheen: (405) 521-5586