Minnesota County Says No to Hotel Porn Movies

Posted Sep 10th 2010 10:54 AMUpdated Sep 10th 2010 11:44 AM

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A Minnesota county has adopted a "clean hotel" policy that bans government employees from staying at hotels that offer pay-per-view pornography.

Winona County Commissioners, and community advocates who pushed for the ban, say the move could help reduce incidents of sexual and domestic violence.

"I think this is such a rampant problem," Commissioner Mena Kaehler tells the Winona Daily News, "We have to start somewhere."

Advocates are calling for a similar ban to be adopted state-wide by the Association of Minnesota Counties.

The ban does not apply to the public at large but rather means employees of the county cannot stay at most hotels with adult movies.

There are a few exceptions allowed, for instance if the cost of staying at a pornography-free hotel is more than 15 percent above that of an alternative hotel with adult movies.

More than 480 hotels in Minnesota fit the porn-free criteria, the newspaper says.

A similar bill that would have banned state employees from staying at hotels that offer porn was voted down by a Minnesota House of Representatives committee last year.

One Winona County commissioner, Marcia Ward, abstained from the vote, questioning if the county would next restrict its employees from staying at hotels with bars and smoking.



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Lurid Cinema

There is more evidence that being a republican leads to destructive behavior like being a warmonger, worshiping guns, denying science, following religion and even worse, watching glenn beck

September 10 2010 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kestrel10

While I 'm not necessarily in favor of porn, there is absolutely no evidence to show that it leads to sexual and domestic violence. While it's hard to draw a causal connection, the states that I have the highest internet use (this most definitely includes porn) have some of the lowest rates of domestic and sexual violence.

The real danger to this kind of nonsense is that it distracts from the actual causes of domestic and sexual violence. Porn is a red herring.

September 10 2010 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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