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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 1, December 1979-January 1980
Contributor
  • Lind, Scott
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date December 1979-January 1980
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript ■ ■l~™i™"""™™FREEfl OB<z. t*l-J1/JA>* 1*80 AUSTUN N/01. 2 m.mmm GAY/LESBIAN LEGISLATIVE LOBBY IN AUSTIN HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES a "created lo insure a voice in our fa lure" '4.0 ESTABLISHED RY TEXAS GAY TASK FORCE THIS NOTE IS NOT LEGAL TENDER \^m!^mAM^^mWV>BBY_DOLLAB % STOKT OM PAGE THREE PORN LAW HITS AUSTIN Travis County prosecutors spent five years attempting to determine a "community standard" in pornography cases. It was an exercise in futility. Now, armed with a tougher state pornography law, County Attorney Jim McMurtry is trying again. On November 16, police arrested Roy Stam- baugh at the Pleasure Shoppe, 603 W. Oltorf St., and Fred Dougherty at the Adult Theatre, 3401-A N. IH 35, on sealed indictments. One case deals with picture magazines and the other with sexual devices, which are included for the first time under the new state statute. The county will also try to prove a case against a corporation distributing obscene material, another new provision. Although the decision here has been to first test community standards, that hasn't been the case elsewhere, McMurtry said. "In other jurisdictions. . .they are seizing everything in the stores, and when they are a restocked, they're raided again." The biggest crackdowns have been in Houston and Dallas. McMurtry said the last three obscenity trials in Austin resulted in mistrials, with the 18 jurors on the three panels split 9 to 9 on the issue. When the jury on the last case in 1977 deadlocked, Travis County prosecutors gave up. The cases "are very time consuming— for preparation and for the courts. They're different from what our attorneys are usually trying so we have to invest about 100 hours of attorney time to prepare for one," McMurtry said. So, he advised Police Chief Frank Dyson he would recommend no more arrests or trials until society, the law, or distribution procedures changed. Some things have changed in the past 2 1/2 years, McMuetry believes. "The material is as offensive now as it was then, but the shops have moved out, closer to the neighborhoods. And, I.think society has changed. A few years ago, society was more interested in preserving individual liberties, but now it is more concerned with its own protection. The initial thrust of our effort will be to test the community to see if they're willing to tolerate this type of thing." McMuertry is well aware of the difficulties in finding a jury that will return a guilty verdict. "Most people living in Austin moved here from somewhere else, bringing their own ideas. We have a large Mexican-American and black community with their own idea of obscenity. We have a large population of well- educated people and a larger liberal population than anywhere else in the state. Then there's a large segment of religious people, and they are by and large interested in imposing morals through the law. We have people with no religious beliefs, including the world's leading atheist." "But we don't have.anybody who is your typical Austinite. And when you don't have people of similar backgrounds, it's difficult to determine a community standard—if not impossible'.' Still, he's going to try. The new state law defines as "obscene" any material or performance that: —the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that taken as a whole appeals to the prurient interest in sex and lacks serious literary, artistic, political and scientific value; —depicts or describes patently offensive representations or descriptions of ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated, including sexual intercourse, sodomy and bestiality. —shows or describes patently offensive pictures or descriptions of masturbation, excretory functions, sadism, masochism, lewd exhibition of the genitalia, aroused male or female genitalia, covered male genitals in a- discernibly turgid state, or any device, designed and marketed for the stimulation of genitals.
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