June 26, 2013 | by Phil Reese
Anti-prostitution pledge for AIDS groups nixed
Supreme Court, gay news, Washington Blade

 (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional this week a Bush-era law that compelled AIDS services organizations to sign a pledge opposing prostitution and human trafficking in order to receive funding for international work.

In a 6-2 decision, the majority opinion, authored by Justice Roberts, said the federal government violated the First Amendment in forcing organizations to sign the pledge as a condition of funding, according to NBC News.

“According to UNAIDS, sex workers are roughly eight times more likely to be infected with HIV than other adults,” read a statement from AIDS services organization amFAR, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the suit. “However, targeted efforts to provide HIV prevention services for sex workers have been shown to help bring national epidemics under control.

 

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