Friday, February 15, 2008

Texas gets freaky

Says the Associated Press:

A federal appeals court has overturned a statute outlawing sex toy sales in Texas, one of the last states — all in the South — to retain such a ban.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Texas law making it illegal to sell or promote obscene devices, punishable by as many as two years in jail, violated the right to privacy guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

The state Attorney General's office has, apparently, not yet decided whether to appeal.


How is that even a debate at the AG's office? Why would state officials even contemplate spending time and money in an attempt to combat the dread scourge of dildos?

Oh, I know. It's because there's still a political constituency out there that thinks sex is bad, and joyless, anorgasmic bluenoses are prone to march to the polls and demand the death penalty for anybody sporting a certain "morning after" glow.

Ah, the wonders of democracy.

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Blogger Fred said...

It would be interesting, indeed, to hear someone argue in support of laws against sex toys.

February 16, 2008 7:16 AM  
Blogger Venus Cassandra said...

Someone might argue they could be used as a weapon!

February 17, 2008 6:11 PM  
Blogger J.D. Tuccille said...

Assault with a friendly weapon?

February 17, 2008 7:02 PM  

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