Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Directs Law Enforcement Regarding Military Funeral Protests

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 28, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today advised concerned law enforcement officials on how to handle military funeral protestors in light of recent Federal Court action.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell ruled that peaceful funeral protests must be allowed to continue. Attorney General Stumbo’s advisory explains how to enforce remaining laws to preserve order at military funerals.

In recent months a Kansas-based group has staged anti-gay protests at military funerals.

Stumbo advised law enforcement officials across the state that, by law, no person may block access to any funeral, engage in violent or threatening behavior, make unreasonable noise or create any other hazardous or offensive condition within 300 feet of a funeral home, memorial service or cemetery during a funeral or burial.

“Law enforcement will remain on guard to protect the rights of grieving families and communities,” said Stumbo. “As chief law officer, it is important that I provide guidance to local officials struggling to abide by the courts ruling while maintaining law and order.  Unfortunately, we have more funerals and memorial services in the near future. Therefore, it is essential that this advisory be issued to law enforcement immediately.”

Click here to view the advisory.