PHOENIX (AP) - The same Kansas church that has picketed military funerals with its anti-gay message has been planning to picket Thursday's funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed in Saturday's shootings in Tucson, Ariz.
But Arizona state lawmakers are moving quickly to prevent that. Dozens of them have introduced emergency legislation to ban protests at or near funeral sites.
It would take effect immediately if passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer. A spokeswoman says the Republican governor would sign the bill if it reaches her desk.
The Arizona legislation is modeled after an Ohio law that has been upheld by a federal appeals court.
The Westboro Baptist Church said yesterday it plans to picket the funeral for Christina Taylor Green.
She was the youngest of the six people killed during the shooting at an event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was among 14 people injured.
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