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Utah Bill Will Allow Citizens To Sue Porn Makers...

Utah Bill Will Allow Citizens To Sue Porn Makers...

The Salt Lake Tribune --

Utah’s most prominent anti-porn lawmaker wants to give people the ability to sue pornographers in an attempt to prove that watching their product causes emotional and psychological damage.

It is one of two related bills being drafted by state Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, who received national attention for leading the 2016 resolution declaring a public health crisis caused by pornography, a first in the United States. Weiler is working on a second bill that he says would close a loophole requiring public libraries to filter out pornography on wireless internet connections, not just wired connections.

He not only wants to limit access to sexually explicit material to children and teens, but he believes pornographers should be held liable for the impacts their products have on adults.

“Right now porn is available without any warnings and labeling, without any protections online,” Weiler said. “This would just open the valve for a cause of action. Let these attorneys go after these cases.”

If the Legislature passes his proposal, he said, he expects courts to initially reject claims that pornography causes real harm.

“But I think, eventually, the tide will turn,” he said.

Weiler ties his push against such material to the court cases that proved cigarettes caused cancer, and he’s not the only pornography opponent to make that link.

Robert Marshall is a Republican delegate to the Virginia Assembly.

“We’ve got to say, ‘This is a problem’ ” Marshall recently told The Washington Post. “Before smoking was identified as a problem, at least the recognition that it led to certain pathologies was a starting point to put restrictions on it.”

He is piggybacking on Weiler’s resolution, hoping that Virginia will be the second state to declare a public health emergency.

Tennessee’s Legislature is debating a similar measure, and the Republican National Committee warned about the health concerns tied to pornography in its 2016 platform.

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