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July 24th, 2008

Sex News Roundup

Go San Francisco! From $pread’s blog:
Press Release: Prostitution Decriminalization Attempts In San Francisco
“The San Francisco Department of Elections announced that the measure prohibiting city officials from spending money arresting and prosecuting people for prostitution, and mandating equal legal protection for sex workers, has qualified for the November ballot. Of 500 signatures randomly sampled and checked by department personnel, 80 percent were found to be valid. “This is a happy day for San Franciscans who want government to focus on fighting real crimes like homicides and robberies, and are tired of seeing resources wasted in a futile effort to police consensual sex between adults,” said Starchild, a sex worker activist and spokesperson for the campaign. “We’ve cleared the first hurdle.” By the Elections Department’s tally, supporters had turned in 12,745 signatures of registered San Francisco voters on July 7.”

Mosley not only wins for himself but wins one for kinksters.
From BBC:
Mosley wins court case over orgy
“World motorsport boss Max Mosley has won a legal action against a Sunday newspaper over claims an orgy he took part in had Nazi overtones.

The High Court ruled the News of the World did breach Mr Mosley’s privacy, awarding him £60,000 in damages.

Mr Justice Eady said he could expect privacy for consensual “sexual activities (albeit unconventional)”.

Mr Mosley admitted a sado-masochistic sex session with five prostitutes, but denied that it had a Nazi theme.”

Via Violet Blue:
CDT Applauds Appeals Court Ruling on COPA: Court affirms earlier decision ruling COPA unconstitutional
“The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court ruling striking down a controversial law that required Web operators to restrict access to large amounts of constitutionally protected speech.

The Child Online Protection Act (COPA) placed severe restrictions on a wide range of legal, socially valuable speech, including content relating to sexual identity, health and art. In its ruling today the court said COPA “cannot withstand a strict scrutiny, vagueness, or overbreadth analysis and thus is unconstitutional.”

Since 1998, the federal courts have issued seven separate legal opinions finding very serious constitutional problems with COPA.”

Posted by Vixen as News at 9:53 PM CDT