Coalition pressuring Marriott over in-room porn

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Looks like a coalition of Christian groups are putting the pressure on Marriott International to keep its hotel TVs porn-free (article here). Since the chain doesn't actually own or operate most of the hotels that fall under its brands, the company's not really able to do a heck of a lot about it, I would think. From the article:

    So far, Marriott has agreed only to talk with LodgeNet and hotel owners about one issue: adding safeguards to keep children from seeing sex movies. Now, parents can block adult programs with the remote control or call the front desk to do it.

    One option promoted by the coalition: make guests ask for access to porn movies instead of requiring them to opt out.

    A coalition leader, the Rev. Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association, said his group will consider taking action if Marriott doesn't agree to curtail pay-per-view porn by Aug. 15.

I'm wondering, why Marriott? I would assume most hotels had pay-per-view porn, though it's not something I've ever really thought about and definitely not something I've researched. But the article does cite some that don't, including the Omni chain, which is says cut out the hardcore back in 1999. Anyway, I thought this was interesting. I wonder if there are conservative groups for which in-room porn accessibility is a meeting deal-breaker?

Thanks to Dan at the MeCo listserv for the pointer!

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