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Republican Platform Targets Porn

Calls for “current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.”

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TAMPA - Republicans are taking a stiff stance on the dissemination of porn in America, a move that’s sure to arouse parts of their Christian conservative base.

Republican officials included language in this year’s convention platform calling for tighter controls on the distribution of pornography, a decision that thrilled anti-porn activists.

“A change in the Republican Party Platform to target illegal adult pornography is an exceedingly positive development that will protect children, as well as families from the scourge of hardcore pornography,” Morality in Media president Patrick Trueman said in a release Monday.

“Most children in America have free access to obscene pornography as soon as they learn how to use a computer. The average age of first exposure to obscene Internet pornography is now eleven,” Trueman said.

The new provisions are a stronger version of previous platforms, which opposed only child pornography.

According to MiM’s release, the new language now says “current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.”

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John Stanton is the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for BuzzFeed News. In 2014, Stanton was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
Contact John Stanton at john.stanton@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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