SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- The Office of the Attorney General is speaking out on the lawsuit between after a Utah cinema pub and the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control over the state's liquor laws.
In February, three undercover agents bought beer and saw a screening of "Deadpool" at Brewvies, a cinema in downtown Salt Lake City. Because of a state law prohibiting the display of sexual material in a place that serves alcohol, the DABC could fine the theater $25,000 and suspend their liquor license for 10 days.
Tuesday, April 19th, Brewvies filed a federal lawsuit claiming the theaters's screening of the R-rated movie is protected by the First Amendment.
In the following statement released Friday, the AG's office says they will support the DABC:
Last week Cinema Pub, L.L.C. d/b/a Brewvies sued the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) challenging a recent DABC notice of violation of Utah Code section 32B-1-504(7)(a) and (d)," said Daniel Burton, spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General. "In its capacity as legal counsel to all state agencies, the Office of the Attorney General will continue to support and defend DABC's enforcement of the current law.
The statement continues:
The Attorney General does not make the law. Our duty is to defend both the state agency and the laws that are passed by the people. We will continue to advise DABC and defend their enforcement of current state law. The proper channel for changing state law is through the legislative process.
If you wish to support Brewvies there has been a GoFundMe page set up to "Help Brewvies Fight DABC Censorship".
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