January 23, 1997 in Nation/World

Judge: Porn Movies Can Be Sold On Base

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A federal judge in Manhattan ruled Wednesday that the Department of Defense cannot enforce a law banning the sale of pornographic movies and videos on military bases because it violates constitutional protections for free speech.

The law, the Military Honor and Decency Act of 1996, forbids stores and post exchanges on military bases from selling pornography. Proposed in Congress as a measure to promote “honor, commitment and courage” among soldiers and sailors, the law was scheduled to take effect at the beginning of this year.

But ruling on a challenge filed by the parent company of Penthouse Magazine, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin said that the government cannot ban the sale of the material merely because officials find it offensive.


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