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In Young v. American Mini Theaters, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5- 4 decision, upheld a Detroit zoning ordinance that regulated the location of theaters exhibiting adult films. The Court rejected due-process and equal-protection arguments and concluded that First-Amendment principles were not offended even though the classification was based upon the content of the films.

On November 2, 1972, Detroit amended an "Anti Skid Row" ordinance enacted approximately ten years earlier.2 The 1972 amendment prohibited the location of "adult theaters" within 1,000 feet of any two other regulated uses.' Theaters exhibiting material that was "distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on matter depicting, describing, or relating to 'Specified Sexual Activities' or 'Specified Anatomical Areas'" were defined by the ordinance as adult theaters