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Curb on antigay church protests OK

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis suburb can enforce a funeral protest ordinance aimed at preventing picketing by an antigay Kansas church, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reverses a previous ruling by a three-judge panel of the court. The panel ruling last year prohibited the St. Louis County town of Manchester, Mo., from enforcing the law it drafted in response to activities by members of Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kan.

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