Anti-Porn Filter Law Upheld By Supreme Court

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Congress can force the nation’s public libraries to equip computers with anti-pornography filters, the Supreme Court ruled today. The Associated Press says the court held that the blocking technology intended to keep smut from children does not violate the First Amendment even though it shuts off some legitimate, informational Web sites.

The court said that because libraries can disable the filters for any patrons who ask, the system is not excessively burdensome. The 6-3 ruling reinstates a law that told libraries to install filters or surrender federal aid.

The justices also ruled on widely anticipated affirmative action cases from the University of Michigan but put off until Thursday issuing a decision on the constitutionality of anti-sodomy laws.

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