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"Dallas swingers club not saintly enough to be defined a church, court decides"

on Monday, 08 August 2011. Posted in Front Page Headline

Herald Sun

A DALLAS man lost an appeal today to save his swingers and teen rave nightclubs after failing to convince a court that the two premises could be defined as churches.

Glen Hudson's clubs, The Playground and The Darkside, were both operating in areas zoned for a church, mosque or synagogue. Last week a judge temporarily shut down The Playground after Dallas lawyerss argued it was really a swingers club.

During today's hearing, Mr Hudson defended his clubs and called the city's efforts to permanently close them an infringement on his constitutional rights.

He claimed his non-profit organisation NRG Mission was using The Playground, and The Darkside was a dance hall that also served as a youth ministry and outreach program.

But opposing lawyer Melissa Miles provided evidence that the two clubs were anything but saintly, showing that The Playground allowed patrons to have sex while watching pornography. Narcotics officers reported that drug busts were common at The Darkside. ...

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