Inc. Barnes v. Glen Theatre
Significance, Dissenters Vote To Uphold Nude Dancing, Nude Dancing--form Of Expression
Michael Barnes, Prosecuting Attorney of St. Joseph County, Indiana
Glen Theatre, Inc.
Nude dancing is a form of expressive conduct that is not protected by the First Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Wayne E. Uhl, Deputy Attorney General of Indiana
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Bruce J. Ennis, Jr.
Justices for the Court
Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter
Harry A. Blackmun, Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
21 June 1991
Although they were unable to agree upon an opinion, a majority of the justices upheld the constitutionality of an Indiana statute outlawing public nudity, as the law applied to nude dancing performed as entertainment.
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- Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (1986).
- Dallas v. Stanglin, 490 U.S. 19 (1989).
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