Porn actress Stormy Daniels is set to join a protest on Dec. 9 at the State Capitol over the age requirement for adult entertainers, officials said Monday.
The target of the protest is a 2016 state law that makes it illegal for women 18-20 to dance at gentlemen's clubs.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 16 that Louisiana can enforce an age limit of 21 for erotic dancers in bars and nightclubs.
Backers said the measure was designed to reduce human trafficking.
"We thought from day one that the law was constitutional," Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, said Monday.
The law had been challenged by three young women who said it cost them the lucrative income they had as strip dancers and infringed on their First Amendment rights to free expression.
Daniels is spokeswoman for Deja Vu Services, Inc., which represents nearly 200 strip clubs and adult retail stores worldwide.
She was born in Baton Rouge and is now famous worldwide as a potentially decisive force in national politics.
She alleges she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, which the president denies.
Daniels has sued the president to void the confidentiality agreement she signed just before the 2016 presidential election.
"Deja Vu and its affiliated Hustler Clubs in New Orleans felt that Stormy's wide appeal and superb communication skills would be a great addition to their public relations and lobbying efforts," according to a press release.
Last month's court ruling reversed an earlier decision.
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The protest is set for 4 p.m.
Backers said the law was needed since undercover operations by law enforcement have found underage youths and foster children were targeted to work at clubs.
Johns said requiring women to be at least 21 years old in strip clubs is also consistent with state policy.
"We don't allow anyone in casinos under the age of 21 to work," he said.
"We don't allow anyone under 21 years of age to purchase alcohol," Johns said.
"We have a number of laws on the books in the state where the age of 21 is the threshold," he added. "We thought it was a reasonable thing to do."
The law won approval in the Senate 33-0, cleared the House 96-0 and was signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
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"I don't feel the Legislature is going back and trying to undo what we have done," Johns said.
The legislation was overshadowed for a time by a separate controversy.
State Rep. Kenny Havard, R-St. Francisville, offered an amendment – he said it was a joke – that would have required that strippers be youthful and thin.
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The proposal sparked criticism from female lawmakers, who called it sexist.
Havard later withdrew the amendment.