Maine Obscene Material Prohibition, Initiative Question (1986)

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The Maine Obscene Material Prohibition Initiative, also known as Initiative Question, was on the June 10, 1986 ballot in Maine as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have made it a state crime to make, transfer, exhibit, advertise or otherwise promote any obscene material or device for value or to offer or agree to do so. It also would have criminalized presenting any obscene exhibition before an audience.[2]

The law defined an exhibition or material to be obscene if it represented or depicted sexual activity in a manner that goes substantially beyond customary limits of candor, that an average person would consider to be shameful or morbid and which lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value. The measure would have considered possession of six or more similar articles or devices under this definition would be considered proof of intent to promote.[2]

Election results

Maine Initiative Question (1986)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No209,53771.88%
Yes 81,970 28.12%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Initiated Bills 1980-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Do you want to make it a crime to make, sell, give for value, or otherwise promote obscene material in Maine? [3]

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