AG Paxton wins lawsuit against porn companies over age verification law

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is claiming victory in federal court over pornography companies who sued the state over a new law requiring age verification.

The companies, including Pornhub, were trying to prevent HB 1181 from taking effect, but a recent decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit gives the law a green light moving forward.

The law requires companies that distribute pornography online to enforce what Texas calls reasonable age-verification measures to stop children from viewing the content.

“Applying rational-basis review, the age-verification requirement is rationally related to the government’s legitimate interest in preventing minors’ access to pornography,” the court explained. “Therefore, the age-verification requirement does not violate the First Amendment.”

In their initial lawsuit against Texas, Pornhub and other organizations obtained an injunction from a district court. However, Attorney General Paxton immediately appealed and secured a stay, allowing him to enforce the law.

While the court vacated the injunction against the age-verification requirement of the statute, it upheld the lower court’s injunction against a separate section of the law that would require pornography websites to display a health warning on their landing page and all advertisements.

To read the decision, click here. 

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