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Georgia Enacts Law to Protect Kids from Online Obscenity

April 23, 2024

Today, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed SB 351 which will, among other things, require adult websites to verify the ages of users to ensure minors are not given access to obscene content.

Georgia is now the 15th state to enact legislation protecting children from online porn, and the 7th state to do so in 2024. American Principles Project (APP) has been active in testifying and lobbying for similar bills nationwide, and APP’s Sandra Kirby was present today in Georgia for the bill signing.

APP President Terry Schilling released the following statement hailing the new Georgia law:

“Today, children are first exposed to online pornography on average at age 12. No sane person believes this is healthy or acceptable. Yet, for years our policymakers simply allowed the epidemic of porn use to spiral out of control, despite its numerous, destructive consequences.

“Now, thankfully, we are seeing real movement to change that. Age verification is a commonsense, popular solution to prevent underage access to adult websites. Requiring the porn industry to adhere to the same standards as alcohol and tobacco retailers and online gambling sites is a political no-brainer.

“We are grateful to Gov. Kemp and Georgia lawmakers for taking action to help families combat this problem. And we urge other states, as well as leaders in Washington, to join in taking this important step to protecting our kids’ innocence.”

To schedule an engagement with American Principles Project, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.


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