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By Kent Larsen

LDS Group Protests Porno Store

ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- An LDS group renewed its protests over an adult video store Tuesday night in an effort to get the store shut down. About 80 people showed up to the protest, including many youths and teenagers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, waving signs, flagging down cars and chanting "Don't go in, it's a sin."

The group had taken two weeks off from its protests following the September 11th terrorist attacks, but returned Tuesday to the Love Shack adult video store, located on Peachtree Parkway in Gwinnett County. Youths with the group said they felt they were getting an education in protest, "I've never done anything like this before," said Brandon Chastain. "It's kind of fun."

But store owner John Cornetta, who owns four other adult video stores, wasn't amused. "These protests are ridiculous. These people are backwards bigots who should focus their attention on more important matters --- like rape, or drug dealing or defending our country. And that they would have their children protest, I just can't believe it."

Cornetta had to fight to even be able to open his store, suing Gwinnett County in U.S. Federal Court earlier this summer because he said that the county zoning was too restrictive, allowing too few locations for adult businesses. On July 16th, U.S. District Court Judge Beverly Martin agreed, and Cornetta received a business license that afternoon for the Peachtree Parkway store. As a result, the Gwinnett County Commission modified its zoning laws to allow dozens of other locations.

In response, the LDS group started protesting over the store's opening. At Tuesday night's protest, Cornetta fought back by offering a 20 percent discount to those who shopped during the protest, and 50 percent off to those on the picket line who brought in their signs, "This is our No. 1 property," he said. "We're not going anywhere."

But the group promised to also return. Simon Fullerton, 19, said that the stores are "just bad for the community."


Protests resume at adult store
Atlanta GA Journal-Constitution 26Sep01 D1
By Andrea Jones: Staff


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