Judge refuses to stop Missouri law on sexual businesses - KMOV.com

Judge refuses to stop Missouri law on sexual businesses

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- New restrictions on sexual businesses in Missouri will take effect Saturday after a judge denied a request to block the law.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem said Friday that sexually oriented businesses likely will suffer economic loss as a result of the law. But he says that alone does not affect the legal analysis of the constitutional claims.

Beetem says sexually oriented businesses failed to prove their lawsuit likely will succeed and that they face irreparable harm by allowing the law to take effect.

The new law requires strip clubs and adult video and book stores to close by midnight. It bans full nudity, alcohol, minors and touching between semi-nude employees and customers. And it also limits where new sexually oriented businesses can be located.

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