Missouri Court Upholds Tough New Restrictions on Sex Businesses


Missouri's tough restrictions on adult entertainment will soon spread across the country, anti-pornography activists predict, now that the state's Supreme Court has decided the stronger rules are constitutional, reports the Kansas City Star. State law now prohibits nude dancing. Sexually oriented businesses, including bookstores, clubs and theaters offering semi-nude entertainment, must close between midnight and 6 a.m., and alcohol sales are prohibited there.

“Missouri has set the standard for the nation,” said Phillip Cosby, director of the American Family Association of Kansas and Missouri. The court's unanimous confirmation of the adult business statute shocked some adult club owners in Missouri, who have fought the restrictions in the legislature and the courts for almost two years. The owners are mulling a federal court appeal.

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