Patch Poll: Should Iowa Cities Be Allowed to Ban Nude Dancing?

The Iowa Supreme Court struck down a city ordinance that regulated strip clubs in Hamburg, but was that the right decision?

Do cities in Iowa have the right to regulate nude dancing in strip clubs?

According to the Iowa Supreme Court, they don't.

Iowa's highest court last Friday struck down a Hamburg City ordinance that prohibited lap dances, among other things, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The court ruled that state law allows theaters to display public nudity and stops city governments from passing ordinances that relate to the "availability" of obscene materials.

What do you think, should cities be able to ban lap dances or regulate public nudity in strip clubs?

Barbara Somebody July 31, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I agree with the zoning of these establishments, but not the banning of them. If you are into this activity, that's your business. If you aren't, then don't worry about it. Keep on driving by. I certainly wouldn't want a strip club across the street from my house or a school, but people have a right to start a business as long as it meets the requirements of the city's regulations. They pay taxes, and as distasteful as it is to some people, there are jobs in these places. Legislating morality just doesn't work. What some people do with their lives is their business and others need to learn to mind THEIR own business.
Mindy Songfer July 31, 2012 at 02:06 AM
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Beth Dalbey July 31, 2012 at 02:37 AM
David, is it naive to think this activity isn't hurting anyone? Earlier this year, Illinois considered a 'pole tax' to fund rape crisis centers. In supporting the legislation, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, a former domestic battery prosecutor, pointed to a connection between the alcohol-fueled exploitation of women and violence against women.
Scott G. May 22, 2013 at 02:11 AM
I sure wouldn't mind an Earl's Gold Mine in my neighborhood bro.
Scott G. May 22, 2013 at 02:15 AM
I sure wouldn't mind an "Earls Gold Mine" in my neighborhood bro.


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