Governors Favor Obscenity Law Enforcement

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

NOTE: Corrects spelling of Schafer

( - Morality in Media's annual White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) campaign has gained the public support of at least 15 state governors who have issued state proclamations in support of it. The WRAP campaign, which coincides with Pornography Awareness Week, seeks to educate the public about what MIM calls the harmful effects of pornography and effective strategies to battle them.

The campaign began Sunday and will continue through next Sunday, November 7th.

As a part of the 1999 WRAP campaign, according to MIM, participants will contact state prosecutors to urge vigorous enforcement of state obscenity laws, conduct various public education events and display white ribbons as symbols of community standards of decency.

Several governors are showing their support by issuing proclamations in their states. Among those Governors were: Jane Dee Hull, Arizona; Bill Owens, Colorado; Frank O'Bannon, Indiana; John Engler, Michigan; Mike Johanns, Nebraska; Christine Todd Whitman, New Jersey; Gary Johnson, New Mexico; Edward Schafer, North Dakota; Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania; George W. Bush, Texas; James Gilmore, Virginia; and Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin.

Two governors, according to MIM, issued Pornography Awareness Week proclamations at the request of organizations in their states. Those governors were: Donald Siegelman of Alabama and James Hunt of North Carolina. Another governor, Jim Hodges of South Carolina, wrote a letter in support of the WRAP week objectives, instead of issuing a proclamation.

The group also plans to write to all presidential candidates in next year's election to ask: "Will you pledge that, if elected, you will make vigorous enforcement of the Federal obscenity laws a priority in your administration?"