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Republicans Calls To Ban Online Poker From US

Written By: PokerNet.com | September 4, 2012 | Posted In Poker News

Last week, the Republican Part in the US conducted a national convention where they had formally announced Mitt Romney as their candidate for the 2012 Presidential Elections. This was also the time when delegates voted to approve a proposed ban on online poker.

The 54-page document will serve as the party’s manifesto as the US goes into a nationwide election called Renewing American Values. The party is advocating the prohibition of online poker ad not to legalize online poker, which will put families and children at risk for exposure to the site.

A snippet of the policy paper stated, that millions of Americans have suffered and are suffering from problems caused by pathological gambling, which potentially destroys the family. It also included the proclamation of the support for the prohibition of gambling on the Internet and called for “the removal of the Justice Department’s decision distorting the formerly accepted meaning of the Wire Act that could open the door to Internet betting.

“The Internet must be made safe for children. We call on service providers to exercise due care to ensure that the Internet cannot become a safe haven for predators while respecting First Amendment rights. We congratulate the social networking sites that bar known sex offenders from participation. We urge active prosecution against child pornography, which is closely linked to the horrors of human trafficking. Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced,” continues the written policy.

The Republicans have made similar moves back in 2004 and 2008 when many Congressional leaders of both parties tried to legalized and regulate online poker.

Richard Muny from Poker Players’ Alliance says in the defense of the online poker community argued that the Justice Department’s decision to reverse the scope of Wire Act did not include online poker. He also said that their “opponents” are adding poker into the list of “gambling” activities, which they seek to ban completely.

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