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Say NO to ALABAMA'S "Sex Toy" Ban!
Petition Background (Preamble):
The owner of adult stores in Alabama asked the justices to throw out the law as an unconstitutional intrusion into the privacy of the bedroom. But the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal, leaving intact a lower court ruling that the law is constitutional.
The state attorney general's office immediately notified county district attorneys, who are responsible for enforcement. A spokesman for Attorney General Troy King, said this should take effect in a couple of days.
Alabama's "anti-obscenity" law, enacted in 1998, bans the distribution of "any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs for anything of pecuniary value."
The law does not ban the POSSESION of sex toys, and it doesn't regulate other items, including condoms or virility drugs. Residents may legally purchase sex toys OUT OF THE STATE for use in Alabama, or they may buy sexual devices in Alabama that have a "BONA FIDE MEDICAL" purpose.
The Supreme Court was asked to review a decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found Alabama's law was not affected by a U.S. Supreme Court decision knocking down Texas' sodomy law.
The appeals court judges said the Texas sodomy law involved private conduct, while the Alabama law regulated commercial activity. Public morality was an insufficient government interest in the Texas case but was sufficient in the Alabama case, the 11th Circuit judges said.
The Supreme Court's decision not to review the law indicates "further evidence of religion in politics."
"The U.S. Supreme Court said states can legislate morality. I don't feel it is fair to the people who do not agree with the morality of the Legislature," a shop owner said.
She also predicted future court battles over which sexual devices are legal to sell as medical devices.
Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas have similar laws that have been upheld in court, while Louisiana, Kansas and Colorado have laws that have been struck down, said Mark Lopez, a former American Civil Liberties Union attorney in New York who worked on the Alabama case until recently.
He said adult stores may be cautious about pushing the issue of what constitutes a medical device because the law has strong penalties.
In Alabama, a conviction carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine for a first offense. A second offense carries a prison sentence of one to 10 years.
*Taken from the Montgomery Advertiser 10/2/2007*
The Say NO to ALABAMA'S "Sex Toy" Ban! petition to Those who want to make thier OWN descisions about what goes on in thier Bedrooms! was written by heather smith and is in the category Government at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: say no to alabamas "sex toy" ban, sex, erotic