Rockland County Passes Funeral Privacy Law

NEW CITY, NY (WCBS 880) – The Rockland County board of legislators has passed a funeral privacy law that will prohibit demonstration activities within 750 feet of all funerals at all locations, not just military funerals.

Groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church have frequently protested at the funerals of soldiers killed in battle.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi On The Story

“People have rights, but their rights stop at a point where they intrude or trample upon other peoples’ rights,” says legislator Ed Day. “The right to bury a loved one, I think, really should be sacrosanct.”

Day says this is the final act of respect and will provide solace to families as they grieve.

“This is something that just makes a lot of sense. It’s content-neutral. This will absolutely withstand any kind of challenge and will get the job done and service to all people,” Day tells WCBS 880 reporter Catherine Cioffi. “The law is consistent with what the Supreme Court said should be done, that municipalities have rights to establish reasonable rules.”

The bill still has to be signed by county executive Scott Vanderhoef, but it did receive the unanimous approval from the legislature.

What do you think of the funeral privacy law? Sound off below in our comments section…


One Comment

  1. Cam Brunner says:

    It is not a church, this is a hate group. Westboro Baptist Church spreads its hate through picketing in our streets, provoking attacks, with abusive language and flag desecration, attempting to create a confrontation. This is not about protesting, freedom, or God. They are in it for the money and the press; this is a family law firm. They are not a “church.” It is a scam. They go after any thing that can get them in the news. This is a family of lawyers using this “god hates you” to make money.

  2. Billy says:

    the first amendment should be changed to outlaw hate speech.

    1. Michael H. says:

      The first amendment is fine just as it is.

      1. Dakotahgeo, Pastor/Chaplain says:

        I heartily agree with you! Who would determine what is hate speech and what isn’t? Should we let the Westburros Baptist Clan decide? I hardly think so!

  3. Henry says:

    The Westboro Baptist Church are terrorists, much the same way, that
    Anders Behring Breivik is a terrorst. And what can average, normally complacent citizens to confront their attach? We must fight back. A mass murderer should attack them at their next protest, funeral or otherwise.

  4. patruns says:

    I frankly don’t think anyone has a right to protest at a funeral, or many other events. And I bet if there was a way to ask out founding fathers what they meant originally they would say this was definitely not what they intended. It was not too long ago when the courts ruled that the right to free speech ends when it might be construed as an incite to violence. Does any normal thinking human being really believe that protesting at a funeral will not incite anyone to violence?

  5. Rugbyball says:

    Amen, still allows people to protest using there 1st amendment rights, but just 750 feet away. These protesters are sickening, you can get your message across even in a extravagant way, but allow the family to bury the dead in respect and peace.

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