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Georgia Supreme Court Considers Whether Nude Dancing at Strip Clubs Is a Protected Right

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The city of Doraville, Georgia recently prohibited strip clubs from selling alcohol if the clubs also feature nude performers. If booze is served, the strippers must wear g-strings and pasties. During oral argument yesterday, the Georgia Supreme Court considered whether this regulation violates the state constitution. Mark Niesse of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the story:

Alan Begner, an attorney for Oasis [Goodtime Emporium], said the city was ruining the club's business model.

"It would go out of business and die," he said. "I think that's unfair when they haven't done anything wrong."

But Scott Bergthold, an attorney for Doraville, said nude dancing in a sexually oriented business isn't protected under the Georgia Constitution.

"The historical records of the Georgia Constitution don't support a claimed right to nude dancing," he said.

Read the whole story here.

Back in April 2014, Reason TV profiled "the provocative—and nudity-filled!—play Arguendo," which dramatized a 1991 U.S. Supreme Court decision which said that the federal Constitution does not prevent local governments from banning nude dancing at strip clubs. Click below to watch.

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  1. Thats not making a whole lot of sense dude.

    http://www.Web-Privacy.tk

  2. How can the 1st Amendment stand up against Big Pasty?

  3. Meh. This isn’t about freedom of expression, it’s about alcohol regulation. And it’s way down the list of boots forever stomping on our face.

    1. I think of it more as an issue of nonsensical arbitrary capriciousness. I’ve always been baffled how anyone could think that g strings and pasties should be the magic line between legal and illegal. And what they have to do with alcohol is anyone’s guess. Then there’s the bribe “fee” that they have been paying (and that the Pink Pony used to resolve its situation). It’s just legal corruption that they get away with because OMG SEX.

      Obligatory

      1. yes. it’s the same thing as high alcohol taxes and cigarette taxes. It’s because they can because no one stands up and fights for the rights of the “sinners.”

        Well, some do…

    2. It’s really about the state using whatever means are within it’s disposal to fuck with a business that they, and certain busybody citizens, don’t like.

      Alcohol regulation is the easiest and best way to accomplish that.

    1. So they like to run a lot of trains there?

  4. “The historical records of the Georgia Constitution don’t support a claimed right to nude dancing,”

    Do they support a right to clothed dancing?

    1. Only if there is sufficient distance between participants.

      1. Where is Kevin Bacon when you need him?

        1. Kevin Bacon
          Bacon Strip
          Strip Club

          …only three degrees. hmm.

  5. Discovery for this case should be interesting.

  6. The local titty bars have never been the same since the city passed a law requiring the same types of regs: pasties and no more lap dancing if alcohol is served.

    I haven’t been back since.

    1. Strip clubs get around those regulations around here by being BYOB. It’s especially fun when you wheel a keg in.

      1. We have one of those not far from me. Never been. I haven’t been to a strip club since I was a kid.

        1. I haven’t been to a strip club since I was a kid.

          Please, please tell me you mean kid as in college student or 18+ yo.

          1. 18+ yes

  7. Woo! Regulatory burden is awesome!

  8. But Scott Bergthold, an attorney for Doraville, said nude dancing in a sexually oriented business isn’t protected under the Georgia Constitution.

    Clearly, the place to be drinking excessively while objectifying women is in the home!

    1. Party at mad’s house!

  9. I believe that’s roughly the law in all of California. The difference doesn’t make any sense. Indeed, I feel that having patrons get wasted before going to the all-nude clubs is a bigger danger than having them get (more slowly) drunk at the establishment.

    1. Yet there are far more strip clubs in CA than in GA.

  10. I believe that wine has been served before at an art gallery or even an art museum. Why does the government take exception to certain exhibitions? It’s art. Art should not be censored. Nudes are art. Dancing is art.

  11. I’ve always been baffled how anyone could think that g strings and pasties should be the magic line between legal and illegal.

    I’ve always been baffled how anyone could think that the presence (or lack thereof) of a camera should be the magic line between legal and illegal, as well.

  12. Showing nipples and the bare grease-crease or penis is NOT a protected free speech because States are allowed to regulate the type behavior permitted in conjunction with alcohol sales. It could be argued (and will be) that alcohol consumption combined with nekkid females or males encourages sexual assaults. Naked women or men should not be encouraged to assault drunken, horny, men or women with their abilities to resist urges to tip already impaired.

    Never-too-late: The Constitutional Amendment making the Supreme Court & entire judicial branch fair, independent, and honorable. (Wolters Kluwer- lulu) This book and Amendment is coming and will be supported by conservatives and liberals equally because it will update the Constitution and address all the reasons Article III was a failure yet was so close to being honorable.

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