Nudists tell lawmakers: Don't restrict strip clubs

Nudists tell lawmakers: Don't restrict strip clubs

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are considering asking voters to roll back the state's free speech protections to allow regulation of strip clubs.

But in public testimony Monday, opposition came not from strip club owners but from another group worried it might be affected: nudists.

Representatives from the American Association for Nude Recreation came clothed to tell lawmakers that the proposal's language might allow the state to shut nudist clubs because they offer live entertainment and services in the nude.

Sponsors of the measure say it isn't intended to go after nudists. They say communities should have the same power as in other states to keep strip clubs away from homes.

Oregon's constitution goes further than the U.S. constitution when it comes to protecting free speech. State judges have ruled it protects obscenity.


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