By Quentin Choy
March 24, 2021
Governor Spencer Cox, the governor of Utah signed legislation that would mandate all cellphones and tablets sold within the state to block porn automatically. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) believes that the measure is unconstitutional and that it violates the free speech of Utahns. The governor and senators within the Utah state legislature passed the measure hoping that it would limit the access children would have to accessing sexually explicit content.
Due to the high presence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the issue of pornography is far more pointed here than in other states. In 2016, porn was declared as a public health crisis and as something that is harmful to people in the state by former Governor Gary Herbert.
While I understand the personal convictions that many have against porn and its morality, porn should be kept legal in a democratic society, especially if the majority of it is regulated and standardized. The free speech rights of those who work in the porn industry and those who choose to watch porn are being infringed by measures such as this.
If we are to support free speech in a democratic society, we shouldn’t place bans on content we don’t agree with. This is cancel culture and morality police from the other end of the spectrum. Placing bans on things simply makes people more curious and likely to try something, especially for teenagers. This measure should be challenged and reversed as soon as possible due to its unconstitutionality.
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