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Thursday, February 14, 2008

"Ride 'em, cowgirl"! - Texas "toy" ban overturned

Hillary focuses on Texas - coincidence?

A federal appeals court has overturned a Texas statute outlawing sex toy sales, leaving Alabama as the state with the strictest ban on such devices.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Texas law making it illegal to sell or promote obscene devices, punishable by up to two years in jail, violated the Constitution's 14th Amendment on the right to privacy. In its decision Tuesday, the appeals court cited Lawrence and Garner v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court's 2003 opinion that struck down bans on consensual sex between gay couples.

"Just as in Lawrence, the state here wants to use its laws to enforce a public moral code by restricting private intimate conduct," the appeals judges wrote. "The case is not about public sex. It is not about controlling commerce in sex. It is about controlling what people do in the privacy of their own homes because the state is morally opposed to a certain type of consensual private intimate conduct. This is an insufficient justification after Lawrence."



Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama were the only three states that continued to outlaw the sale of sex toys and vibrators.Va. . err. .Virginia has a law barring obscene items, but it does not seem to apply to sex toy sales. Louisiana, Kansas and Colorado all had laws barring obscene devices that have been struck down. And the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a Georgia law banning the advertising of sex toys, which can be sold under some approved circumstances.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Human said...

Is that a picture of the shop or is it the "Secret" Closet you two are rumored to have?

title="comment permalink">February 15, 2008 3:59 PM  
Blogger Parson said...

When I got a tour of John's house he told me that door went to a walk in closet.

title="comment permalink">February 15, 2008 4:36 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Human - It's our "private stock".

Parson - I SAID, "Walk in and CLOSE it".

title="comment permalink">February 15, 2008 9:49 PM  
Blogger C.J. said...

Damn! Looks like you know how to get your freak on, John.

You're just missing some "get tight with jesus cream"!

title="comment permalink">February 16, 2008 10:14 AM  
Blogger Human said...

"Parson - I SAID, "Walk in and CLOSE it".
Took me a half a box of tissues I laughed so much.

title="comment permalink">February 16, 2008 11:12 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

CJ - No problems with my freak whatsoever!

Human -

A post about adult toys; 15 minutes of my time.

Getting my freak on; less than that!

You explaining reading a post about sex toys with a box of tissues on hand; PRICELESS! ;)LOL

title="comment permalink">February 16, 2008 11:17 PM  

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