Porn Film Screens at Maryland Anyway

Students screen part of an adult film despite threats of cut in funding from the state legislature.

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Another "while I was out" update: The porn film that some Maryland state senators tried to ban at the University of Maryland screened anyway, with students, university administrators, and media members in attendance, the Diamondback reports. The first 30 minutes of the more than two-hour Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge was shown early last week, even as some members of the state legislature added an amendment to the state budget that would have restricted funding to public institutions that showed hard-core pornographic material on campus.

The film screened on April 6, and by April 8, the proposed amendment was defeated by lawmakers. It might not, however, be a complete win for those free-speech-defending students: Lawmakers have required that all public universities submit written reports on their policies of showing pornographic material on campus.