KANSAS CITY — A Missouri judge has rejected a lawsuit over a state law placing new restrictions on sexually oriented businesses.
The state law bans full nudity and alcohol at strip clubs and adult stores. It also bars touching between semi-nude employees and customers and requires stores and clubs to close before midnight.
The law took effect in August. A coalition of stores and exotic dancers challenged the law, arguing it violated rights to speech and expression.
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem rejected the argument in a ruling issued last week.
The Kansas City Star reported today that an attorney for the group filing the lawsuit said he plans to appeal the ruling.