Missouri’s 2006 law prohibiting protests at military funerals ( SB 578 ) is on hold. A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of the legislation.
The challenge was filed by Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Phelps family of Topeka, Kansas. The Phelps family routinely protests military funerals throughout the country, claiming God is killing American soldiers because of U.S. tolerance of homosexuality.
Scott Holste with the State Attorney General’s Office says the ruling will be appealed to the entire Eighth Circuit Court. He says once that appeal is filed, it should only be a matter of weeks before Missouri learns whether the appeal will be entertained by the Court as a whole.
The ruling by the three-judge panel reverses an earlier federal district court decision denying a motion for a preliminary injunction.