St. Peters lifts ban on funeral protests

ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis suburb has lifted its ban on protests near funerals.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Peters Board of Aldermen voted Thursday to lift the ban.

The law was similar to a state measure that was struck down by federal judges earlier this year.

The board lifted the ban after receiving a letter from the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, which opposed the ban on behalf of members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan.

Westboro church members protest at the funerals of soldiers. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether the church can be sued over the protests.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, www.stltoday.com

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