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Alabama Town Seeks to Ban Obscene Messages

Officials in the city of Gulf Shores are pushing for a city law to restrict stores from displaying T-shirts and other merchandise that contains obscene messages.

Mayor Tony Kennon started pushing for the law following a recent trip to a Gulf Shores souvenir shop.

Kennon was "absolutely mortified" by the messages on some merchandise being sold in Gulf Shores.

He said many of the shirts containing the obscene messages also said Gulf Shores on them.

He said he was "disappointed and sickened" by the messages on the shirts.

City council members say they will consider a proposed ordinance to restrict the open display of vulgar or indecent items.

City officials say the ordinance would not stop the sale of such items, just restrict their open display.


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