Texan strip clubs fight over '$5 pole tax'

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London, March 27 (ANI): Strip clubs in Texas are fighting against the state enforced 5-dollar admission fee, known as the "pole tax", in the Supreme Court.

The Texas Entertainment Association, which represents strip clubs across the state, want the fee to be dropped, calling it unconstitutional.

Solicitor general James Ho, on the other hand, told the nine Republican justices, the fee was justified.

"It would be turning the first amendment on its head to say that you can criminalise but can't impose a modest regulation," Sky News quoted him as saying.

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson asked lawyers for the strip clubs: "Is it proper or not for the state to have the position that live nude dancing should be discouraged?

"Is it unconstitutional for the state to target live nude dancing because it believes it's culturally unsound, immoral?" (ANI)

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