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Obscenity law faces repeal after ISP sting

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 13:45:38-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A panel of Idaho lawmakers has voted unanimously to repeal a state obscenity law following a lawsuit by a movie theater cited for serving alcohol while showing "Fifty Shades of Grey."

The Spokesman-Review reports that the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday unanimously backed the legislation repealing a state law banning depictions of simulated sex acts during films at businesses with state liquor licenses.

Village Cinema sued after authorities attempted to revoke the theater's liquor license after police said a waitress at the theater served beer and rum to two undercover detectives watching the risque "Fifty Shades" in VIP seating.

In its lawsuit, the cinema contends the attempt by the Idaho State Police to revoke its liquor license is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment's free speech protections.