Young v. American Mini Theatres, Inc. - Wikipedia

Young v. American Mini Theatres
Argued March 24, 1976
Decided June 24, 1976
Full case nameYoung, Mayor of Detroit, et al. v. American Mini Theatres, Incorporated, et al.
Citations427 U.S. 50 (more)
96 S. Ct. 2440; 49 L. Ed. 2d 310; 1976 U.S. LEXIS 3; 1 Media L. Rep. 1151
It is constitutional for a city to enact a zoning rule that treats ordinary cinemas differently from adult cinemas.
Court membership
Chief Justice
Warren E. Burger
Associate Justices
William J. Brennan Jr. · Potter Stewart
Byron White · Thurgood Marshall
Harry Blackmun · Lewis F. Powell Jr.
William Rehnquist · John P. Stevens
Case opinions
MajorityStevens (Parts I, II), joined by Burger, White, Powell, Rehnquist
PluralityStevens (Part III), joined by Burger, White, Rehnquist
DissentStewart, joined by Brennan, Marshall, Blackmun
DissentBlackmun, joined by Brennan, Stewart, Marshall
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amend. I

Young v. American Mini Theatres, 427 U.S. 50 (1976), is a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States upheld a city ordinance of Detroit, Michigan requiring dispersal of adult businesses throughout the city.

Justice Stevens (writing for the plurality) reasoned that the speech involved here is of lower value, and the city also has a compelling interest in protecting quality of life.

Justice Powell (concurring) disagreed with Stevens' "lower value speech" argument (thus limiting Part III of the opinion to a plurality), but wrote that this is only a place restriction with a limited effect on speech.

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