February 20, 2012

NEWS ARTICLE: Santorum, Romney and Gingrich vow to enforce anti-porn laws

The Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/13/santorum-romney-and-gingrich-vow-to-enforce-anti-porn-laws/
By Eric Dolan
February 13. 2012

Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich have all told the group Morality in Media that they would enforce federal obscenity laws that prohibit the distribution of pornography.

Those laws, the anti-pornography group said, are being ignored by the current administration.

“Federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced,” Santorum told the group. “If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so.”

Romney told the group it was “imperative that we cultivate the promotion of fundamental family values.”

“This can be accomplished with increased parental involvement and enhanced supervision of our children,” he said in a statement.

“It includes strict enforcement of our nation’s obscenity laws, as well as the promotion of parental software controls that guard our children from Internet pornography.”

Gingrich also said he would appoint an Attorney General who would enforce federal obscenity laws.

Santorum and Gingrich previously signed a pledge by the conservative Christian group The Family Leader in which they vowed to protect women and children from “seduction into promiscuity and all forms of pornography.” But Romney refused to sign, saying the pledge was “undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign.”

In their 1969 Stanley v. Georgia ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated all state laws that prevented the private possession of “obscene” materials.

However, the court ruled in 1973 that obscene material was not protected by the First Amendment if it appealed “to a prurient interest,” showed “patently offensive sexual conduct, and “lacked serious artistic, literary, political, or scientific value.” Whether material violates those standards is up to a jury to decide, assuming such a case goes to trial.

Social conservatives have been critical of the Obama administration for its alleged lack of obscenity prosecutions.

Read full article here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/13/santorum-romney-and-gingrich-vow-to-enforce-anti-porn-laws/

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