Victory For Free (Sex) Speech

A little noticed ruling was handed down over the last week that affirmed the “rights” of American citizens to freely express their own sexual attitudes or opinions without threat of criminal prosecution.

From the press release:

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on April 15, 2010 that the statute at issue, which would impose fines and prison terms for providing non-obscene sexually-explicit material to minors, cannot be applied to communications on websites, in public chatrooms, and through email listservs and mailing lists.

Dr. Marty Klein, who was one of the plaintiffs sums it up“As the publisher of Sexual Intelligence, I could have been jailed and fined for discussing contraception, sexual assault, testicle self-exams, or nudity. So with the help of the ACLU, I and others sued Ohio to overturn the law.”

Other plaintiffs in the case included; Wilkie News, American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression, Association of American Publishers, Freedom to Read Foundation, National Association of Recording Merchandisers, Ohio Newspaper Association, The Sexual Health Network, Inc., and Video Software Dealers of America

~JM

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