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House passes bill making child exposure to porn a custody factor

Published: Thursday, March 13 2014 5:25 p.m. MDT

Utah House of Representatives at the Capitol Building.

Mike Terry, Deseret News Archives

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SALT LAKE CITY — After a 67-0 vote in the House on Thursday, the governor will consider a bill that would give judges another factor to consider when determining child custody.

If a parent intentionally exposes his or her child to pornography, it could be used against them in district or juvenile court custody cases, should SB227 be signed into law.

"There are cases in Utah — and I’m saddened and embarrassed to report this to you — where a father will sit down with a young boy and say, 'You’ve got to watch this to be a man,' and they’re showing them pornographic videos," bill sponsor Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said in a committee meeting last month.

Weiler has said pornography is legal but not appropriate for children, and he's "disgusted" that children are exposed to pornography in that way.

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