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Appeals court says new rules for New York City's X-rated businesses are unconstitutional

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A court has given a green light to New York City’s red light district, turning aside the city’s desire to further restrict its racy adult establishments.

The 3-2 decision from the state Supreme Court Appellate Division came Tuesday.

The city had tried to add restrictions to a mid-1990s law that drove many adult bookstores, movie houses and strip clubs out of business. The city claimed the establishments that continued made a sham of rules saying sexually oriented materials or acts must amount to less than 40 per cent of a business’s space by “superficially complying.”

The additional restrictions had not been enforced because of a lengthy legal battle. The appeals court says the changes are unconstitutional.

The city’s law office says it’s reviewing the ruling.