MN: Adult Bookstore Near Mosque Will Remain Open for Now


MN: WINONA ADULT BOOKSTORE WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR NOW

A shop peddling adult books and videos in downtown Winona will remain open for now.

Wednesday marked the end of a five-year grace period that had allowed Downtown Book and Video to operate on the same block as a mosque. A city ordinance bars stores from selling adult material within 600 feet of a place of worship.

But Randall Tigue, the lawyer for Dennis and Tammy Buchanan, says the owners aren't budging. He says the question is whether they sue the city directly or see if the city takes the next step.

Tigue says the city can expect a lawsuit if it tries to close or move the adult bookstore. He says both the mosque and the store are protected by the First Amendment, so forcing the store to move would be unconstitutional.

 


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