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RTL Today – US Supreme Court to tackle porn age-verification case amid public health crisis

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Texas Law Mandating Age Verification for Porn Websites

The US Supreme Court has agreed to take on a controversial case involving a law in Texas that requires pornographic websites to verify the age of visitors. This law, passed last year, aims to limit minors’ access to online sexual content by mandating that adult websites require state-issued identification from users.

The law was challenged by a trade association representing the adult entertainment industry, arguing that it violates First Amendment free speech rights. Despite a federal court ruling in favor of the trade association, a conservative appeals court upheld the age verification requirement in March, prompting the trade group to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The Free Speech Coalition, the trade association, raised concerns about privacy and government overreach in their legal brief to the high court. They argued that by requiring government identification for age verification, the law would allow the government to intrude into people’s personal lives.

On the other hand, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton defended the law, stating that it is not unconstitutional and simply requires the pornography industry to take steps to ensure that those accessing adult content are adults.

Authorities in Texas have raised concerns about minors’ access to adult content, calling it a public health crisis. Similar age verification laws have been passed in other states such as Arkansas, Indiana, and Kansas.

Oral arguments in the case are set to take place during the upcoming Supreme Court term, which begins on October 7. The outcome of this case could have significant implications for the regulation of online adult content and the balance between protecting minors and upholding free speech rights.

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