Congress should join the effort to verify ages of pornography viewers

One of the last vestiges of bipartisan unity on a major social issue has emerged in the form of laws that require pornographic websites to verify the ages of users.

In 2022, Louisiana became the first state to enact legislation that required age verification software for websites where at least 33% of the hosted content is sexually explicit. Last year, the state was joined by Virginia, Utah, Montana, North Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

In nearly all cases, the bills passed with unanimous or near-unanimous support. Republicans and Democrats alike have been unified in taking this step to ensure that minors cannot access pornographic websites.

Because state legislatures are copycats, 2024 is poised to bring many more. An age-verification bill cleared the Indiana Senate this month on a 44-1 vote. Similar bills have been
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