Hurricane, W.Va. – In a unanimous decision on Tuesday evening, the Hurricane city council took a bold step to safeguard the moral values of their community by passing an ordinance prohibiting minors from attending “live adult performances.”
The newly enacted ordinance, which gained widespread support among conservative residents, stipulates that individuals under the age of 18 will be barred from attending performances characterized as “obscene by West Virginia Code, or depicts, discusses or simulates nudity, sexual content, sexual excitement, masturbation, specific sexual activities, lewd conduct, or is patently offensive to the prevailing standards in the adult community.
Putnam Commission Moved First On The Issue
This move follows in the footsteps of the Putnam County Commission, which, back in June, also voted unanimously to pass a similar ordinance. The unified stance of both the county and city councils reflects a commitment to maintaining family values and protecting the innocence of the younger generation.
In a separate yet equally significant development, Jefferson County had passed a comparable ordinance earlier in the same month, signaling a growing trend of communities taking a stand against explicit and offensive content in public performances.
Tuesday’s council meeting drew a diverse range of opinions, with passionate speakers expressing their views on both sides of the debate. Supporters of the ordinance stressed the importance of preserving a wholesome environment for families and children, asserting that it was the city council’s duty to protect the community’s values.
On the opposing side, some individuals argued for artistic freedom and freedom of expression, claiming that the ordinance could potentially infringe upon these rights. Nevertheless, the council’s resolute decision to safeguard the well-being of its youth demonstrates its unwavering commitment to upholding traditional values in the face of cultural shifts.
Representatives of Fairness West Virginia stated the laws do not apply to drag performances because there is an exclusion for literary, artistic, and political value. It is the organization’s contention that drag shows have these intrinsic values. The original county ordinance came to the Commission’s agenda after a drag show was conducted at a county park which was also in the city limits of Hurricane.