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ACLU, arts groups sue over Idaho alcohol restrictions

Posted at 12:12 PM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 23:16:22-04

The ACLU is suing the Idaho State Police with the intent of striking down a state law prohibiting places that are licensed to serve alcohol from showing live performances that depict sexual acts.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, along with several other Boise attorneys, filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of Boise performance artist Anne McDonald, an art gallery and a repertory theater.

According to the complaint, two undercover ISP detectives were served alcohol while watching a burlesque show in March. The artists agreed to pay a fine and a short suspension to avoid having their liquor license revoked.

ACLU argues that the law is antiquated and suppresses artistic expression.

ISP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Earlier this year, Idaho lawmakers repealed a similar ban for movie theaters.