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State and Nation

March 27, 2013

Orange Beach votes to ban items deemed offensive

— ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — The city council in Orange Beach has approved a measure banning T-shirts and other items deemed offensive.

The council voted 4-1 on Tuesday in favor of the ordinance, which prohibits stores from openly displaying merchandise that could be considered offensive. Al.com (http://bit.ly/13wB8o4) reports that the ordinance restricts items that could be considered offensive to the areas of the stores that only adults can enter.

Mayor Tony Kennon started pushing for the law following a recent trip to an Orange Beach souvenir shop.

Kennon said he was "absolutely mortified" by the messages on some merchandise being sold in Orange Beach. He said many of the shirts containing the obscene messages also said Orange Beach on them. He said he was "disappointed and sickened" by the messages on the shirts.

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