Alabama again! Supreme Court Rejects Appeal on Ban on Sex Toy Sale
[UPDATE: Welcome Buzzflash readers..I added some more fun Alabama wingnuttery at the end of the post.]
Guess if you’re in Alabama and need a vibe, you better do it mail order or over the internets. 🙂 I’m still trying to figure out how the exemptions are defined. Is a strap-on ever used for law enforcement purposes? No, I don’t want to know. Paging Roy Moore… (AP):
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday a constitutional challenge to an Alabama law that makes it a crime to sell sex toys. The high court refused to hear an appeal by a group of individuals who regularly use sexual devices and by two vendors who argued the case raised important issues about the scope of the constitutional right to sexual privacy.
The law prohibited the distribution of ‘any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.’ First-time violators can face a fine of up to $10,000 and as much as one year in jail.
The law, adopted in 1998, allowed the sale of ordinary vibrators and body massagers that are not designed or marketed primarily as sexual aids. It exempted sales of sexual devices ‘for a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose.’
Georgia and Texas are the only other states that restrict the distribution of sexual devices, according to the court record in the case.
While I’m at it, I decided to take a look back at some of my earlier posts on my wife’s home state. The state has such a reputation for wingnuttery and gay-baiting, that it’s an endless source of embarrassment for her. As one commenter said — you could do a blog just on Alabama’s political knuckle-dragging. Just a sampling: