Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 19, 2011
Sen. Josh Brecheen
Sen. Brecheen pleased funeral picketing
Loved ones attending funerals will have more protection from protesters
thanks to legislation signed into law Monday. Sen. Josh Brecheen
was the author of Senate Bill 406 which lengthens the time and distance
that protesters must stay away from services.
“Mocking the deaths of others is irreprehensible, but the
Supreme Court’s ruling protecting funeral protests has given
groups like the Westboro Church more fuel in their campaign of hate,”
said Brecheen, R-Coalgate. “After that ruling, the Westboro
Church said they’d increase their protests four fold; and
with our state only hours from their headquarters, we needed to
strengthen our funeral picketing law to protect grieving families
from further emotional harm from these heartless, misguided people.”
SB 406 prohibits protesting within two hours before and after
a service as well as within 1,000 feet of it. The bill pertains
to all funeral services, not just military ones although that is
the main focus of the Westboro Church protests.
The new provisions will go into effect November 1, 2011.
For more information contact:
Sen. Brecheen: (405) 521-5586