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ACLU contests teen nudist camp ban

by Amanda Luker

July 1, 2004 – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in a Richmond federal court challenging a recent law prohibiting teens from attending nudist camps without their parents.

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In March, a Virginia court passed a law targeting the White Tail Park nude camp in Ivor. The weeklong residential camp held annually in July is for nearly 50 eleven to eighteen year olds and is the third such camp in the nation.

Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore said that the camp could attract child pornographers and pedophiles, according to NBC. The ACLU maintains that the law goes too far, interfering with the right of families to make their own lifestyle choices.

According United Press International, when signing the measure into law Gov. Mark Warner made a series of puns: "This bill has been the butt of many jokes, so with naked admiration for its patron, I am offering this amendment." Representatives of the ACLU said that his jokes support their argument that the law is based on flawed perceptions of the nudist community.

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