As Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff considers submitting an amicus brief that would support the videogame industry side in the Schwarzenegger v. EMA Supreme Court case, "pro-family" groups and other legislators from his state held a press conference to try and get him to change his mind.
Utah Eagle Forum President Gayle Ruzicka, Laura Bunker (pictured), Chairwoman of United Families Utah and State Representatives Jim Dunnigan (R) and Julie Fisher (R) all gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday, according to a story in the Deseret News.
Bunker stated, “As the most family-oriented state in the nation, Utah should support this law that promotes the protection of children.”
Dunnigan offered, “We're not in favor of these games being sold the minors.” While Fisher added, “If we took a poll here in Utah, most people would be outraged that our children have access to those games.”
In a strange passage, Ruzicka indicated that, through her talks with the public, she came away feeling that people already think that the state “... prohibits children from buying video games in which participants have sex with prostitutes and then kill them; shoot innocent shoppers walking in a mall and decapitate people with shovels and have dogs fetch the severed heads.”
Shurtleff’s spokesman Paul Murphy indicated that the Attorney General is consulting with AG’s from other states as he considers his course of action and that a decision should be forthcoming soon.
A bit of a non sequitur perhaps, but as noted in a comment on the story, Utah was recently found to be the top state in America when it comes to subscriptions to online pornography sites.
Picture from the Deseret News