Republicans call for crackdown on multi-billion-dollar adult porn industry

The Republican Party is calling for a  crackdown on pornography in a move that could pit social conservatives against  hotel operators, television providers and other businesses that profit from the  sale of sexually explicit material.

Republicans have added language to their  official platform at their national convention that could encourage the federal  government to step up prosecution of pornography involving adults.

It comes as they prepare to nominate Mitt  Romney as their presidential candidate for the November 6 election.

Change: The Republican Party is calling for a crackdown on pornography in a move that could pit social conservatives against businesses that profit from the sale of sexually explicit material

Change: The Republican Party is calling for a crackdown  on pornography in a move that could pit social conservatives against businesses  that profit from the sale of sexually explicit material

‘Current laws on all forms of  pornography  and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced,’ the platform  says, according to  a draft obtained by Reuters.

Republicans are planning a vote at the  convention in Tampa today on the document, a nonbinding statement of principles  that tackles everything from monetary policy to abortion.

Though previous Republican platforms have  called for increased prosecution of child pornography, this appears to be the  first time the party has called for a crackdown on sexually explicit material  involving adults – a multi-billion-dollar industry.

Obscenity has been notoriously difficult to  define in a legal context. The Supreme Court in 1973 held that to be obscene,  material must depict sex in a manner that offends contemporary community  standards and is devoid of artistic or scientific value.

Adult obscenity cases have been exceedingly  rare over the past 20 years. Though the administration of George W. Bush  promised a crackdown, only the most extreme forms of pornography have been  targeted.

Anti-pornography activist Patrick Trueman  said the language in the Republican platform would bolster a broader push  against the type of sexually explicit material that is sold by convenience  stores, by hotels via pay-per-view television programming, and satellite and  cable TV providers.

The widespread availability of Internet  pornography has made it harder for a generation of young men to find intimacy  with their wives, he said.

‘It’s a growing problem for men in their  20s,’ Mr Trueman said. ‘It’s changed the way their brain maps have developed.  This is the way they get sexually excited.’

According to Trueman’s group, Romney promised  earlier this year that he would push for ‘strict enforcement’ of obscenity laws,  as well as the broader use of blocking software to screen out Internet porn.

Trueman and other social conservatives  criticized Romney during his 2008 bid for having served on the board of  directors of hotel operator Mariott International, which sold sexually explicit  content in its hotel rooms. Mariott announced last year that it would gradually  stop providing pay-per-view ‘adult’ material.

The Internet research firm TopTenReviews  estimated that adult pornography revenues through magazines, the Internet and  video sales and rentals totaled $9.4 billion in 2006.

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