January 8, 2015

1970s

Preserving Federal and State obscenity laws against a sweeping repeal attempt in the 1970s. In 1968, Fr. Hill (who served as MIM’s president from1962-1985) was appointed by President Johnson to serve on the Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. The Commission issued its report in 1970, recommending that adult obscenity laws be repealed. In what became known as the Hill-Link Minority Report, Fr. Hill and another commissioner dissented, calling the report a “Magna Carta for the pornographer.” The President and Senate also rejected the majority’s recommendation, and in 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court referred to the Hill-Link Minority Report while upholding obscenity laws.

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