New York, NY — The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a website that encourages people to “lock up” and “spend more money on sex.”
The ruling Tuesday by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a lower court ruling that the site violates a prohibition against using “sexually oriented” content.
“This case is a reminder that free speech is not a license to violate a law that protects one group of people,” Judge Ronald T. O’Connor wrote in his opinion.
The website, known as Pornhub, allows users to view adult videos with captions like, “lockup and pay up,” “get married, and start a family,” and “you can pay more for sex.”
The website was sued by a woman who said it “promoted pornography.”
“Pornhub’s use of sexually explicit material violates an individual’s right to free speech and free association guaranteed by the First Amendment,” the website’s creators said in a statement.
“Pentagon officials, who were not parties to this case, strongly opposed the appeal and have vigorously defended the site against this lawsuit,” the creators added.
O’Connor has previously upheld the site’s right against First Amendment claims.
He previously ruled that the First Amendments protected sites like Pornhub and other porn sites that allow users to share adult content.