Senate Bill 706, introduced by the Grand Ledge Republican, would restore the ban on fully nude entertainment at topless bars, or the display of explicit pornography at bars. If approved, it would reverse a decision made by a 2007 federal appeals court that ruled Michigan’s previous law banning fully nude performing at bars violated the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.
No matter what your opinion is of topless bars and other establishments of adult entertainment, it shouldn’t be up to the government to act like morality police and legislate what we can or can’t do.
Not to mention the fact that a federal court already struck down a similar ban seven years ago.
If Sen. Jones and others don’t want to frequent an establishment that offers that type of entertainment, that should be their choice, and their choice alone.
While we all may not agree with the activity that occurs, or be a fan of strip clubs and topless bars, why should the government get in the way?
Let’s face the facts here: Children aren't allowed in these bars. There are age restrictions in place to make sure young eyes don’t go in these establishments.
Aren’t there pothole-filled roads to fix and other pressing issues that our legislators need to spend time on?
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