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Adult entertainment zoning constitutional, judge rules

Tuesday July 22, 2003

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin

Patrick H. Neely

Louisville Metro Government’s zoning of adult entertainment establishments is constitutional and can be enforced, U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson has ruled.

In handing down his ruling on Friday, Judge Simpson held that the plaintiff, CAM I, was “unable to produce sufficient evidence that the [adult entertainment] ordinance in its current form … fails to provide reasonable alternative channels of communication for adult entertainment establishments.”

Judge Simpson’s decision struck down the licensing provision of the ordinance, but declared the constitutionality of all non-licensing provisions, such as the buffer of 500 feet from residential homes, churches, government buildings, and parks; sign regulations; employment of minors; and hours of operation.

“This is a day that the community’s values win over those who operate sexually oriented businesses illegally,” said Madonna Flood, 24th District Councilwoman and chairwoman of the council’s Public Health and Safety Committee. “We have laws that bind the moral fabric of our community and those who attempt to skirt the law, will not prevail.”

“We won a big part of this fight…we still have the war to win,” said 14th District Councilman Bob Henderson. “But we will see this fight to the end. The County Attorney and the Metro Council are working to reflect the values of our community.”


Madonna Flood (D)  24
Robert Henderson (D)  14