Strip Club Restriction Appeal Before Missouri Supreme Court

In Sept. of 2006 the Missouri Supreme Court will hear the state’s appeal of a 2005 lower court ruling striking down a 2005 restriction on strip clubs. The law prohibited full nudity, required dancers to stay at least 10 feet from customers, and required all dancers and customers to be at least 21 years of age. The lower court invalidated the law saying that the age restriction is unconstitutional because it violates free speech rights of dancers and customers. The state is arguing that the age restriction is valid because it attempts to deal with “adverse effects” (whatever those are) of sexually oriented businesses.

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