Utah state senator wants law allowing suits against porn websites


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The Utah state senator who pushed to declare pornography a public health crisis wants to take another step toward rubbing it out.

Sen. Todd Weiler said Monday he hopes to create a first-of-its-kind state law that would allow Utah residents to sue porn sites for perceived damages from watching smut.

“I’m trying to kind of track the same path that was taken against tobacco 70 years ago,” Weiler, a Republican, told KSL.

“It’s not government coming in and saying what you can and can’t watch. It’s just basically a message to the pornography industry that if someone in Utah can prove damages from the product, that they may be held liable financially.”

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Weiler did not offer specifics on how this law would work, but he said it would focus on youths and teenagers who see porn online. He also acknowledged that the first few dozen cases would likely not succeed, though he believes the law would gain traction after that.

Weiler also proposed a new bill that would allow libraries to block porn sites on their wifi signals.

The anti-smut senator led the charge last year to pass legislation labeling pornography a “public health hazard,” and he has since been proposing new laws to help X-out XXX content.

He introduced a proposal in May that would require internet users to prove they are 18 before they access skin flicks online.

Utah proposes bill to make porn a ‘public health crisis’

At the time, he reasoned that porn was “undermining marriages” and “undermining relationships,” adding, “if someone gets divorced, that affects the government, because we end up with more children and spouses on government welfare.”

Utah eventually got its first porn-sniffing dog.

Speaking to the Daily News in February, Weiler cited “books” and “experts” that led him to believe porn use is “more difficult to overcome than cocaine.”

The Republican Party eventually adopted Weiler-esque language in its official party platform, which warned that porn “has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions.”

The platform called for states to lead the fight against the so-called “public menace” of porn.

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