Republican Platform Cracks Down on Porn

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from www.dcist.com – The Republican Party platform set to be adopted this week will take a particularly hard stance on one of the entertainment industry’s oldest genres. Pornography—and its distribution—is the target of some recently introduced language pushed by Christian conservatives on the GOP’s platform committee.

Republicans have made statements against pornography in their official platforms since 1984, when party members expressed their general revulsion to the stuff. But in recent years, GOP statements on pornography have focused on strengthening penalties on the distribution of child pornography, a pretty unobjectionable position.

However, the 2012 platform now goes after all forms of porn, calling distribution over the Internet, in hotel rooms, on cable television and in retail shops illegal. Wait a sec? Aren’t those the only ways to distribute pornography outside of, say, a live sex show?

“Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced,” Patrick A. Trueman, president of the anti-porn group Morality in Media, said in a press release. In particular, Trueman cited the advocacy of Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

Pornography hasn’t really been an issue in the 2012 presidential election to this point, with the brief exception of when former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum made wiping pornography from existence one of his campaign pillars. But perhaps we should have seen it coming: Trueman told The Daily Caller in June that he had been promised by a top aide to Republican candidate Mitt Romney that the former Massachusetts governor would “‘vigorously’ prosecute pornographers if elected president.”

Then again, today’s Republican Party is a far cry from the one that Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart emerged from. Stewart, who was appointed to the high court by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, said during the landmark 1964 obscenity case Jacobellis v. Ohio that while he could not give an off-the-cuff definition of hardcore pornography, “I know it when I see it.”

And who’s to say that contemporary Republicans and the pornography industry are that distant. Lisa Ann, the porn star who played a parody version of 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is dancing all week at Thee Dollhouse, one of the top adult clubs in Tampa, Fla.

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