Governor Ron DeSantis bans protests in front of private homes in Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Monday making it illegal to protest outside of a private home in the Sunshine State.

Violators would have a chance to disperse after an official warning and would be arrested and punished with up to 60 days in prison if they didn’t comply.

DeSantis signed the law into law after protesters gathered at the homes of Supreme Court justices in recent weeks to campaign for abortion rights.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett all gathered protesters outside their homes in Virginia.

“It is inappropriate to send unruly mobs into private homes, as we have seen with the angry crowds outside the homes of Supreme Court justices,” DeSantis said in a statement. “This law will offer protections to those living in shared accommodation and I look forward to enacting it.”

Democrats have objected to the move, arguing that it is a violation of First Amendment rights.

Demonstrators in support of reproductive rights protest outside the home of Supreme Court Justice John Robert in Chevy Chase, Maryland, near Washington.
The bill follows several protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices in the wake of the leaked draft advisory opinion overthrowing Roe V. Wade.
REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
Florida Senator Keith Perry, right, looks on during a legislative session Tuesday, January 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Florida.
State Senator Keith Perry sponsored the law, which goes into effect in October.
AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack

State Senator Keith Perry of Gainesville supported the bill through the Florida Senate.

“This law recognizes the right to privacy, security and peace that we all deserve in our own homes,” he said in March in support of the law.

The new law is scheduled to come into force on October 1. Governor Ron DeSantis bans protests in front of private homes in Florida


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