WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday a
constitutional challenge to an Alabama law that makes it a crime to sell sex
The high court refused to hear an appeal by a group
of individuals who regularly use sexual devices [heh, heh,
heh] 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." [heh, heh, heh] 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." [heh, heh, heh]
The attorneys said the state did not contest the evidence that about 20
percent of all American women use a vibrator and at least 10 percent of
sexually active adults use vibrators in their regular sex life.
[heh, heh, heh]
A federal judge ruled against the state and found a constitutional
"right to use sexual devices like ... vibrators, dildos, anal beads and artificial vaginas." [heh, heh, heh]
Emphasis and juvenile tittering (uhhh...he said tittering) mine.
Thanks to Billmon (and check out his associated cartoon)