He's backing Dallas' bid to block a large sex convention from being held in the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.
“It is vital that governmental entities have the ability to exclude sexually-oriented businesses from property that they own,” Paxton says in a statement. “The City of Dallas, through its democratically-elected officials, has rightfully decided that its convention center should not be home to an event where obscenity and criminal activity occurs. A federal court should not overturn that decision by elected officials.”
Crazy thing about that is Exxxotica held a successful event in the same convention center last August, completely without incident. And criminal activity? Really? Paxton must be terrified of his own sexuality, much less other people's.
"As many of you know, our First Amendment rights were recently taken away by the City of Dallas when they voted to ban our 2016 event planned to return May 20-22 at the city-owned Dallas Convention Center," Exxxotica's organizers say in an open letter to the adult entertainment industry
. "Of course this was a total shock to us, especially considering we had produced a very successful show, without incident, at the same exact venue in August 2015."
Since the convention is up in the air, Exxxotica says it's waving deposits for exhibit space and sponsorships while it seeks a federal injunction.
"We are fighting this fight so that hopefully you never have to. Together we can make sure that elected officials understand they do not have the right to force their own moral beliefs on those they were elected to represent," Exxxotica says. "If this unconstitutional ban is upheld, we will show the courts not only how much this affects the public, but members of the adult entertainment industry as well."
Indicted and embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has a problem with First Amendment rights.