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by Brandon Wenerd on August 28, 2012

According to Reuters, the Republican Party has added language to their official platform to “encourage the federal government to step up prosecution of pornography involving adults.” Today delegates at the RNC will vote on the document, which is “a nonbinding statement of principles that tackles everything from monetary policy to abortion.” That means that if Mitt Romney is elected on November 6, get ready for a nation-wide porn crackdown. Via:

Obscenity has been notoriously difficult to define in a legal context. The Supreme Court in 1973 held that to be obscene, material must depict sex in a manner that offends contemporary community standards and is devoid of artistic or scientific value.

Adult obscenity cases have been exceedingly rare over the past 20 years. Though the administration of George W. Bush promised a crackdown, only the most extreme forms of pornography have been targeted. Anti-pornography activist Patrick Trueman said the language in the Republican platform would bolster a broader push against the type of sexually explicit material that is sold by convenience stores, by hotels via pay-per-view television programming, and satellite and cable TV providers.

The widespread availability of Internet pornography has made it harder for a generation of young men to find intimacy with their wives, he said. ”It's a growing problem for men in their 20s,” Trueman said. “It's changed the way their brain maps have developed. This is the way they get sexually excited.”

According to Trueman's group, Romney promised earlier this year that he would push for “strict enforcement” of obscenity laws, as well as the broader use of blocking software to screen out Internet porn.

Trueman and other social conservatives criticized Romney during his 2008 bid for having served on the board of directors of hotel operator Marriott International (MAR.N), which sold sexually explicit content in its hotel rooms. Marriott announced last year that it would gradually stop providing pay-per-view “adult” material.

Are you worried yet? I'm not sure how many voters this will win over, but I can't see this being a particularly popular talking point outside the Bible Belt. This is what I don't understand about the GOP: They preach about the virtues of small government and individual liberties yet they push an agenda to ramp up government enforcement of seemingly-ancient obscenity law‎s. Pot, meet kettle. And all the Ron Paul-worshiping Libertarians will end up sucking it up and voting Republican anyway. How far will the agenda push go? Banning strip clubs? Banning topless girls in an R-rated movies? Mass book burnings of “50 Shades of Grey”? Straight up turning off the Internet? Blatant pandering to the party base at its finest.

Brandon Wenerd

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Brandon Wenerd is BroBible's senior editor, guru of @brotips, and director of strategic partnerships. He joined BroBible in the fall of 2009 after graduating from Penn State. When he’s not writing, Brandon enjoys fishing, Phish, Philly sports, Dewey Beach, supporting live music, hot sauce, and beer. E-mail him with post ideas and news tips: brandon@brobible.com.