Judge immediately puts hold on California's draconian Prop 35
Prop 35 is the brainchild of a bored billionaire from Facebook. It's a grab-bag omnibus proposition that seeks to impose stiffer penalties for human trafficking, crack down on prostitution, making strippers' lives harder, and to prevent registered sex offenders from going on the internet.
Even if the said offenders are only on the list for something like public nudity.
But anonymous speech is covered under Americans’ First Amendment rights. Besides, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes, not everyone on California’s sex offender registry is a monster: exotic dancers can be put on the registry, for instance.
Both activist groups spoke out against Prop 35 in the days before Election Day. As the EFF said in a statement, “While we are deeply concerned for the victims of sex trafficking, this proposition unconstitutionally compromises the free speech rights of an entire class of individuals and creates new avenues for government monitoring of online communities.”
It appears their message wasn’t really heard. It passed with than 81 percent support, even higher than it had polled.