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You made some reference to possible changes in the laws on pornography that might be desirable. Do you want to give more detail on that?


Yes. I would support the Danish system, which, as I understand it, provides that you can have pornography, hard-core pornography, sold in shops subject to some reasonable limitations, which are, again as I understand them: (1) you cannot sell them to minors, (2) the shops themselves cannot have in the public windows any kind of material that would be salacious or offensive, is a better way of putting it. I think they even say, “Porno Shop.” People who walk in there know what they're walking into. But as they walk along the street, they don't have to be offended by a window that shows people engaged in sexual acts that might offend them.

Now we don't do that. We do just the opposite. We have theater marquees that are terrible in terms of the language. It's an affront to people walking along. We have window shops where they have material, probably in many cases hard-core pornography, but even if it's soft-core pornography, it's offensive to people. I'm opposed to that, because I again believe in the dual right. One, you have the right to do what you want to as an adult so long as it doesn't inflict itself upon somebody else. And on the other hand, you have a right as an adult not to be inflicted upon. That's the heart of it. I'm putting it crudely, but that's what I'm really trying to say. There's a balance. I don't think our society has handled that balance

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