(MILITARY TIMES) Adult magazines including PlayboyPenthouse and Nude are permitted for sale on military installations because they do not meet the definition of indecent material under federal law, a top Pentagon official said.

Frederick Vollrath, assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management, made that response to a complaint from Morality in Media, an anti-pornography group that complained in June about the sale of those publications on Defense Department property.

The group contends that the display and sale of adult magazines in military exchanges amounts to a violation of the Military Honor and Decency Act of 1996, which prohibits the sale or rental at military exchanges of material in which “the dominant theme … depicts or describes nudity, including sexual or excretory activities or organs in a lascivious way.”

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