WASHINGTON (BP)--The United States Supreme Court handed Congress a victory May 19 in its effort to combat child pornography after a previous effort fell short in the justices' eyes.
The high court voted 7-2 to reverse a lower court and uphold a 2003 law that bars the promotion or solicitation of actual or ostensible child pornography through such means as mail or the Internet.
Writing for the majority, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia rejected the unanimous decision of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the law was overly broad and vague.
"There is no doubt that this prohibition falls well within constitutional bounds," Scalia wrote. "[W]e hold that offers to provide or requests to obtain child pornography are categorically excluded from the First Amendment."
Supporters of the law applauded the ruling.
"Friends of children and decency throughout the land have cause for rejoicing today," said Richard land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "This decision is an encouraging sign that the Supreme Court is prepared to once again begin allowing Americans to exercise their authority and responsibility to protect children in this culture.
"This question needs to be asked: If society is not allowed to protect children from those who would pimp and pander pornographic images of children to their potential adult predators, how could you call that society decent?" Land said. Read More