ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court has ruled a city can ban adult entertainment businesses that sell alcohol.
In a unanimous opinion published Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld a DeKalb County court's dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Brookhaven by the Pink Pony strip club.
The strip club argued the city's new ordinance banning nude dancing in places where alcohol is consumed unconstitutionally violates free speech.
Justice Harold Melton wrote in the opinion that given "the established record regarding the deleterious effects of alcohol coupled with nude dancing," the ordinance does not infringe the club's free speech rights.
The Pink Pony has been in business for 22 years and had reached an agreement with DeKalb County allowing it to operate. A month after incorporating in December 2012 Brookhaven passed its ordinance.