State Senator Todd Weiler has filed a resolution seeking to have porn declared a "public health crisis" in Utah.
His resolution, introduced last Friday, states that X-rated material is causing unhappy marriages, addiction, overly sexual teens and prostitution.
"Legislature and the Governor [must] recognize the need for education, prevention, research and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the pornography epidemic that is harming the people of our state and nation," his resolution declared.
"I have read books and I have experts tell me pornography is more difficult to overcome than cocaine," he added in a recent interview.
Psychology Today said the resolution was based on pseudoscience that "[had] no place in governmental action."
We assume that, should the resolution pass, this would be just the first step in Weiler's crusade. However, if he intends to seek an outright prohibition on porn in his state, he'll have to deal with the pesky First Amendment. Oh, and that new invention: the Internet.
While Weiler is a conservative Mormon, he says he won't attempt to stop people from touching themselves.
"My resolution does not deal with masturbation, I think that's beyond the scope of what I'm doing," he said. "We're not going to outlaw masturbation in Utah."