Judge refuses to stop Mo. law on sexual businesses

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - New restrictions on sexual businesses in Missouri will take effect Saturday after a judge denied a request to block the law.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem said Friday that sexually oriented businesses likely will suffer economic loss as a result of the law. But he says that alone does not affect the legal analysis.

Beetem says the businesses failed to prove their lawsuit likely will succeed and that they face irreparable harm by from the law. The plaintiffs have appealed his decision.

The new law requires strip clubs and adult video and book stores to close by midnight. It bans full nudity, alcohol, minors and touching between semi-nude employees and customers. And it also
limits where new sexually oriented businesses can be located.

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