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Utah Picketing Ordinance Passed After Governor Home Protest

A Utah city council has passed an ordinance outlawing demonstrations targeting homes following a protest outside the governor’s private residence. 

KSTU-TV reports the Orem City Council passed the ordinance after a protest targeted the private home of Republican Gov. Gary Herbert. The demonstration followed the announcement of a statewide mask mandate last week meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Protests must remain at least 100 feet from the property line of any residence, with violations to be charged as misdemeanors. The ordinance says citizens should enjoy freedom from being a captive audience to unwanted speech in their homes.