Posted on 08/31/2022 at 11:40 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit attempting to have two books ruled as obscene.

But, as Slate reports in its article on the decision, that doesn't mean the battle is over.

The judge ruled that the Virginia statute that two men — one of them a current state delegate, another an aspiring politician — referenced in their suit actually violates the First Amendment.

The director of the Virginia ACLU, one of many organizations that lent their support to the authors targeted, said it was promising that the judge identified issues with the state law.

However, one of the litigants pointed out to Slate that lawmakers could rewrite the statute, or that they could appeal the ruling further, pointing to how anti-abortion activists succeeded in having Roe v. Wade overturned.

The books specifically targeted were Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

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