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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 1 2011 6:00 a.m. MST

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justfine
Vernal, UT

I completely agree. It also disturbs me and angers me with the devasting effects that pornography has on families, that they would "phase it out" over the next 5 years. It also bothers me that their reason behind it is about the "bottom line" rather than the point that pornography is destroying people and families. Marriot has been a symbol of sorts in my mind of the church-although I realize now how loose that term is and how naive I have been in that perception.

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

Great. Hate to be too negative, but, it is about time. It has been 30 years they've been showing dirty raunchy movies and using the defense "it was part of the package" or "it's what customers demand."

Better late than never but no gold stars for spine, foresight, or standing for something.

But a gold star for doing.

LDS
Cedar City, UT

Marriott deserves no recognition and no praise. He and his company are just doing what the Las Vagas casinos do: whatever it takes to make money.

It's a shame that he has always been some sort of role model for LDS business men.

infoman
Cedar Hills, UT

If they really want to get rid of the porn, they need to also drop HBO, Showtime, etc. I doubt that will happen.

juni4ling
Somewhere in Colorado, CO

Reading the comments I think that some people don't think that a Mormon can be successful at *anything*

Because walking out of your house every day you might be forced to make a decision of some sort that other people can judge.

If Marriott does not look at porn himself, and pays his tithing, and is faithful to his wife, he is just as worthy as me to be a Mormon.

I honestly think that some folks think that you are not a good Mormon unless you act like a Pharisee and Sadducee.

I say, Marriott will be judged according to the choices he made in life, along with the rest of us. He has provided a lot of jobs for others, and is just as worthy as me to be LDS as long as he isn't looking at porn himself.

There are plenty of stones to throw. If Marriott reports to stock holders, and is publicly traded, it probably wasn't his complete decision anyway to remove a product that would affect potential competitiveness and stock values.

*Any* decision a "leader" makes can be judged... And Marriott is most certainly a "leader."

Burghmom
Pleasant Grove, Utah

It really is about time. I have always been puzzled by this but knew it was really about money. I commend the powers that be for doing this. It is a great example, even though they surely will lose money from some. They will probably gain other customers. I know that I have made the choice, up to this point, to not use Marriott for this reason. I will now use their hotels.

People who want to get porn can still get it on the internet easily, but at least the hotel has made the choice to not supply it on tv.

sharrona
layton, Ut

juni4ing said,honestly think that some folks think that you are not a good Mormon unless you act like a Pharisee and Sadducee.I say, Marriott will be judged according to the choices he made in life, along with the rest of us. He has provided a lot of jobs for others, and is just as worthy as ME to be LDS as long as he isn't looking at porn himself.

What would Jesus say about hypocrisy,Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening(greed) wickedness (Luke 11:39)

The Marriots are finally relenting to the pressures of Focus on the Family a Christian values organization.

Yorkshire
City, Ut

Too little, too late.

It been completely embarrassing in the past to try to explain to non-member acquaintances, knowing of the Marriot's LDS connection, who have questioned about this.

While it is commendable they have finally come to their senses, I am seriously disappointed they would have ever allowed it in the first place, and other questionable practices in the past (including certain advertising.)

All along, they should have been offering an exceptional, upscale hotel experience without any moral compromises--and then let the chips fall where the may.

(and to heck with the stockholders. If they didn't or don't like the policy, they can sell their stock.)

Doctor
Tucson, AZ

I have stayed in close to one hundred hotels and I have never inquired if they had porn. Not a factor in choosing a hotel. I have watched it in some. Does that make me worse then profiting off of it? FYI, I've always known I can count on Mr. Marriot for supporting my viewing choices. I wonder how many thousands (millions?) of people have watched porn because he offered it, who never would have otherwise. Yes, I judge him. He is a holier then thou hypocrite.

Jmado
Vista, ca

As a platinum Marriott member, I'm thrilled with this decision. Nothing irks me more than a Book of Mormon in a drawer and "adult" movie adds on the tube.
Having said that, to hold the Marriott family responsible for everything the hotel chain does is not accurate. There is a Board of Directors, share-holders, and numerous executives that do not hold to the same standard. I'm sure the Board votes on each issue and, in business, you have to adhere to the outcome. Now whether the Marriott's have veto or bottom line power, I do not know.

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