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Military Funeral Protest Law Signed

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Rochester: Military Funeral Protest Law Signed
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It's now against the law to disrupt military funerals in Monroe County.

The law prohibits protesters closer than 1,000 feet one hour before, during and after any funeral related event at a cemetery, place of worship or funeral home.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks signed the law in a ceremony attended by local veterans, lawmakers and members of the Patriot Guard riders, who place themselves between protesters and funeral events.

Parma legislator Richard Yolevich, a Vietnam veteran and Republican, and Dick Beebe, a former National Guard member and Democrat, co-sponsored the legislation.

"We're in favor of freedom of speech, but we also think that the family and friends deserve to have the right to take care of their loved ones in a respectful and quiet way,” said Beebe, (D) Greece.

Beebe says other counties are considering adopting similar laws.

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