Family groups combine with porn industry to fight xxx dotcom

LOS ANGELES - The creation of a new .xxx internet domain suffix to house adult content was delayed last week after a bizarre, if informal, coalition of family groups and pornography purveyors complained to the Department of Commerce.

Nearly 6,000 letters and e-mails reached the department last week, an "unprecedented" opposition that caused the Bush administration to urge the internet's main oversight agency, Icann, to delay rollout, according to a DoC release.

The majority of protests came from conservative groups, such as the Family Research Council, which have urged members to complain.

Tom Hymes, communications director for adult-entertainment industry trade group Free Speech Coalition, said members of the porn industry also had written letters.

"We're not as organized," he said, but "letters have been sent from our industry."

Conservatives oppose .xxx, feeling it could lead to more pornography on the web. Many adult-entertainment companies oppose it over free speech and First Amendment issues, fearing that it could lead to them being banned from .com addresses.

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