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Is there such a thing as 'guilt by association'?
 
Can what a customer wears in a shopping mall be restricted?
 
What is the difference between the freedom of assembly and the freedom of association?
 
What kinds of associations are protected?
 
When can the government restrict associations?
 
How broad is the freedom of association?
 
What role did the First Amendment play in the civil rights movement?
 
Why do legislatures and judges pass or approve of buffer zones around abortion clinics?
 
Do individuals have First Amendment rights on others’ private property?
 
Has the U.S. Supreme Court addressed any case involving funeral-protest legislation?
 

No, the U.S. Supreme Court has not decided a case involving a law that limited or banned protests at funerals. In a somewhat related case, however, the Court in Frisby v. Schultz (1988) upheld a Wisconsin city ordinance banning picketing in front of private residences. “The type of picketers banned by the Brookfield ordinance generally do not seek to disseminate a message to the general public, but to intrude upon the targeted resident, and to do so in an especially offensive way,” Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote for the Court. The Court has also decided a series of cases involving limitations on abortion protesters outside clinics. For example, in Hill v. Colorado (2001), a divided Court (6-3) upheld a Colorado law that imposed an 8-foot floating buffer zone between protesters and those entering and leaving abortion facilities. However, it remains an open question whether funeral-picketing measures are constitutional.

 
 
How might a law banning protests at funerals discriminate on the basis of viewpoint?
 
When and where can I protest without fear of being arrested?
 
Do we have an unfettered right to protest on government property?
 
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