Quote of the Day - Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.
Billboards tend to make news. Not everyone is happy about them, and people in Missouri were so upset with some sexually suggestive billboards that they passed a law prohibiting them within a half-mile of a highway: “[n]o billboard or other exterior advertising sign for an adult cabaret or sexually oriented business shall be located within one mile of any state highway. . . .”. Citing free speech, Passions Video brought a constitutional challenge to the law.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law, which made it a crime to advertise sexually-oriented businesses. The court's main problem with the statute was its content restriction, typically a red flag for a constitutional violation. Courts will uphold time, place and manner restrictions, but where all content is banned, those laws are usually struck down.
The Missouri legislature will have to try again if they want to prevent sex advertising.
That's like trying to avoid death and taxes.