privacy victory of the day
From The Associated Press, good news for, um, lots of people in Alabama, I'm sure:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama law banning the sale of sex toys was struck down by a federal judge as a violation of the right to privacy.
"The fundamental right of privacy, long recognized by the Supreme Court as inherent among our constitutional protections, incorporates a right to sexual privacy," U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith Jr. said Wednesday.
He said the state did not prove it has a legitimate interest in banning the sale of sex devices for use in private, consensual relationships between adults.
The 1998 law — part of a package of legislation strengthening the state's obscenity law — banned the sale of devices designed for "the stimulation of human genital organs." It was challenged by six women who either sell sex aids or said they need them for sexual gratification.
Jeez, seriously...who cares? If there were ever a case where the state had no right interfering with what its citizens do in private, this would qualify. I wonder how much tax money these nitwit legislators and prosecutors have spent on this nutty law?