State senator introduces measure on 'hotel sex bash'

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As promised, a state senator on Tuesday called for an investigation into whether an upcoming sex workshop on bondage, domination and sadomasochism is legal and safe.

The resolution by Sen. John Loudon, R-Ballwin, calls for the state health department and attorney general to investigate the safety and legality of such events.

The resolution also condemns the Howard Johnson hotel chain for allowing the event to be held at a St. Louis facility.

"While it's kinda fun to joke about it ... it's a real serious issue," Loudon said.

"We have people engaging in these activities in a public manner and they are out there soliciting other people. Someone could argue that people who do this aren't normal."

There was no debate on Loudon's proposal, which was referred to a legislative committee for consideration.

Loudon joined with the Southern Baptist Convention over the weekend to protest "Beat Me in St. Louis," which is to run Friday through Sunday.

The Web site of St. Louis Leather & Lace, the "Beat Me in St. Louis" promoter, said the group educates about "free expression of alternative lifestyles and forms of loving."

Howard Johnson's parent company, Cendant Corp., has said it does not interfere with decisions about guests as long as the local hotel abides by the law.

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Sex bash resolution is SR1552 (Loudon).

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Missouri Legislature: http://www.moga.state.mo.us

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