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Funeral protest bill moves forward in the Oklahoma Legislature

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Oklahoma is getting closer to becoming the latest state to ban protests at funerals.

The effort comes after protests by a handful of people from a Kansas church at the funerals of fallen soldiers. Those protests have outraged many; at least 12 states want to put a stop to it.

Two similar measures in the Oklahoma House and Senate ban protests before, during and after funeral services. Anyone violating the ban could get a month or two in jail.

State representative Paul Wesselhoft of Moore: "The funeral protests, I take personally. I'm a retired US Army Chaplain. I've been an Airborne Ranger. I've conducted hundreds of military funerals and almost that many civilian funerals, so when I see someone disrupting a funeral in their most vulnerable state of grieving. I do take it personally."

The measure is expected to be worked out in the next week or two. Once it is signed by the Governor, it would go into effect immediately.
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