Law: Give-and-Take on Pornography

After two court actions, still tough to ban but easier to banish

Sometimes the U.S. Supreme Court giveth. Sometimes it taketh away. Last week it did both when it looked at the pestiferous question of pornography. First it concluded that the city of Indianapolis had acted unconstitutionally when it sought to prohibit some pornography as a form of discrimination against women. Then the next day the court ruled that cities or towns are free to use zoning ordinances to confine adult-movie theaters to the fringes of towns.

The Indianapolis case may spell the end of attempts to attack porn as sex discrimination, a tactic that in recent years had the unusual effect of...

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