Last October, I mentioned the legal controversy surrounding an Alabama law that bans sex toys. The law had been struck down as unconstitutional by a Federal judge.
In recent developments, the Alabama legislature declined to remove the vibrator clause, to the dismay of the bill's sponsor, who had requested that the provision be, er, yanked in order to have the law pass Constitutional muster.
A federal district judge in Birmingham has twice ruled that the ban is unconstitutional. The first ruling was overturned by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the second ruling has been appealed to the appeals court.
The sponsor of the bill, Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, said because of the court ruling, the obscenity law is unenforceable as long as it contains the ban on sex toys.
"All this does is make our obscenity law constitutional," Rogers said.
With little serious discussion, the House voted 37-28 to leave the sex toys ban in state law, leaving Rogers standing at the microphone shaking his head.
"What you just did is make our obscenity law illegal. You voted for obscenity," Rogers shouted at lawmakers.