Constitutional Law: The Meaning of Obscenity In California

California seems to be a place where the nation's most progressive state court is forced to cool down the nation's most combustible voters. In 1964, Californi ans overwhelmingly approved amendments to their state constitution that prohibited pay-TV and rejected the fair-housing law that forbade discrimination in the sale or rental of private homes. The California Supreme Court subsequently voided both amendments as unconstitutional. This election day, the voters face another explosive issue: Proposition 16, which is aimed at sharply amending the state's anti-obscenity statute in order to "control the flood of...

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