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Members of the Topeka, Kan.,-based Westboro Baptist Church continue to attend every funeral they can get to of Americans killed in action in the Middle East — so they can proclaim their belief that those deaths are part of God’s punishment for the nation’s allowing homosexuality.

But state Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, on Tuesday introduced a bill again seeking to limit the church members’ right to interrupt grieving families’ funerals.

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The Missouri Legislature passed a law several years ago requiring the protesters to keep a distance from the funeral location and cemetery, and prohibiting their protests during the services. But the federal courts ruled that violated the church members’ constitutional rights to free speech.

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